Padiham woman to tackle highest bungee jump in England

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TEENAGER Hayley Broxton’s adventures are drumming up support for her favourite causes, and she may just have found her calling in life — as a stunt woman.

Former Blessed Trinity RC College pupil Hayley celebrated her 18th birthday only days before she made a solo parachute jump, and will shortly be taking on the highest bungee jump in England. On quieter days she will be tackling the Three Peaks.

Hayley said: “Making the parachute jump was fantastic. I can’t wait until next weekend to try it again.

“It was a bit scary, but I’ve never been one for saying I can’t do something. It would be great to earn my living like that – Angelina Jolie must need a double.”

Hayley’s exploits have come about through her love of music, and the encouragement of her dad, Ian.

Both are members of the newly-formed Rishton Pipes and Drum band and are trying to raise money for music and uniforms. Hayley, who lives in Ingham Street, Padiham, has been a pipe band drummer since she was nine. Her dad is a Pipe Major and her boyfriend, Anthony Gudgeon, and fellow parachutist, Liam Rutherford, are both drummers.

The solo static line jump 3,500ft. above Cockerham in the skies above Morecambe Bay followed six intense hours of training. Back home, mum Diane waited anxiously for a phone call to know Hayley was still in one piece; she was and had enjoyed it so much she joined the British Parachute Association, ready for more sky diving adventures. Between them, Hayley and Liam raised just under £1,000 for the band.

A sales consultant at Next in Burnley, Hayley will be doing the 300ft. bungee jump in Salford with Anthony.

A date has yet to be finalised, but it will probably be after Hayley had completed the Three Peaks walk in September to raise money for Mediquip for Kids.