WATCH: Stephanie’s 160ft charity bungee jump off bridge

A FUNDRAISER jumped 160ft from a well-known landmark to raise cash for a worthy cause.

Town woman Stephanie Armitage took part in the bungee jump from the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough to raise money for Harbour in Hartlepool.

HIGH-RISE CHALLENGE: Stephanie Armitage in front of Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge.

HIGH-RISE CHALLENGE: Stephanie Armitage in front of Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge.

Stephanie had previously abseiled from the bridge and taken part in a 10,000ft tandem parachute jump, but was still fearful of doing a bungee jump.

She said she chose the charity as it has helped someone she knows.

Stephanie, who works for Specsavers in the town, said: “I’ve done a few different events for different charities.

“I work at Specsavers Hartlepool and like to not only take part in charity events but help organise them as well.

HIGH-FLIER: Stephanie takes the plunge from the 160ft bridge.

HIGH-FLIER: Stephanie takes the plunge from the 160ft bridge.

“The reason why I have done this particular event for Harbour is because I know somebody they have helped.

“So I am familiar with some of the great work they do and fantastic services they provide.

“Even though I’ve already abseiled off the transporter and done a 10,000ft tandem skydive, I promised myself years ago that I would never do a bungee jump, purely because of some of the particular risks that are involved and some of the horror stories I’ve heard.

“I knew this would be quite a challenge for me that’s why I bought myself this bungee jump last Christmas whilst shopping on-line.

CHALLENGE: Stephanie said she would never do a bungee jump.

CHALLENGE: Stephanie said she would never do a bungee jump.

“I was so scared and was trying not to look down as I was approaching the edge of the platform.

“It was such a strange feeling taking those small baby steps with my ankles strapped together towards the edge whilst the heavy rope was pulling me towards the edge.

“I felt as though I fell so fast and it seemed as though I was bouncing forever.

“I was very relieved to get pulled into the boat as I was starting to worry I was going to go face first in that dirty water.”

RISKY BUSINESS: Stephanie was worried she'd end up face-first in the water.

RISKY BUSINESS: Stephanie was worried she'd end up face-first in the water.

People are still able to sponsor Stephanie by texting HARB40 £2 £5 £10 to 70070 (for example HARB40 £5) before April 30.

The amount raised will be announced shortly after the closing date.