Super-dad soars to great heights for school
10:02am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A RECENTLY widowed dad-of-four has thanked the primary school who supported his family, by leaping into a 400ft abyss to raise more than £270.
Dad Mike 'Nidge' Moore, 39, whose youngest son Tyler, eight, still attends the previously closure-threatened Oak Field school, in Gibbonsdown, bungee jumped from a crane in Chepstow on Saturday, October 12.
And this week staff and pupils viewed the super-dad’s heroic effort before awarding him a certificate of achievement for his inspiring fundraising endeavour.
Mike, who self-funded all costs, was originally due to complete the jump in August, but organisers called off jumps due to take place on that day.
Mike’s 35-year-old wife, Ceriann ‘Boo’, tragically died earlier this year and the school installed a bench in her memory.
Mike, of Laugharne Court, said he had had plenty of time to prepare for the jump and concentrated on what the instructor said before making his descent.
“The freefall was fantastic,” he said. “I am still on a high.”
He added: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored me on the bungee jump and I would also like to say thank you to friends , family , members of the community and Oak Field Primary for their support during my family's recent loss .”
Head teacher Ian Williams congratulated Mike on his achievement.
He said: “I don’t think I would have liked to have done it. What he’s done is fantastic. He’s bungee jumped off a 400ft crane. That sounds crazy to me. It’s quite terrifying.”
Oak Field suffered misfortune in 2007 when floodwaters engulfed and contaminated the premises, ruining school work and equipment and leaving pupils having to be taught in portacabins for months while repair works took place.
Parents this year led a successful campaign to save the school after it was revealed a Vale Council report had been compiled recommending three Vale schools - including Oak Field - go out to consultation regarding their future existences.
Mike collected an 801-strong name petition as part of the anti-closure campaign.
Donations can still be made, gift aided if in full-time employment by saying you would like to gift aid and including full name and address, to Mike's Bungee Jump, Oak Field Primary School, Amroth Court, Caldy Close, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 9DU.
Alternatively, e-mail Mike on email@example.com, find him on the Save Oak Field school Facebook page or visit www.oakfield-primary.co.uk