It’s the only way to bungee!

Andrew Facchini
Andrew Facchini

THE only way to do a bungee jump for town man Andy Facchini was to get kitted out in a fancy dress outfit which leaves little to the imagination.

Daring Andy, 30, will leap 175ft from a crane perched on the Tyne Bridge on Saturday to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.

As if the prospect of hurtling towards the Tyne connected to an elastic rope isn’t enough, Andy opted for this eye-popping “half-tan” pants made famous by Bobby Norris of hit TV show The Only Way Is Essex in an attempt to raise more money.

Andy, 30, is doing the jump in memory of his granddad Stanley Robertson, who died two years ago after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

Andy said: “When I said I was doing the jump, I initially had a target of £100 because I just wanted to give something back to the Alzheimers Society.

“But then my mates started egging me on, and saying they would donate a bit more if I did it wearing something daft.

“I thought about a mankini, but then I saw this on TOWIE so I just though what the heck, I’ll do it in that.

“The lads have kept their word as well, as I’ve raised about £500 now.

“It’s all a good laugh and for a good cause, so I’m not bothered.”

Andy, who lives with girlfriend Rachael Mottram in Clavering, has had a few sleepless nights recently, though that is more to do with the arrival of daughter Luciana, who was born on July 21, rather than his nerve-wracking charity act.

Andy, who works for Hartlepool Borough Council’s Youth Offending Service and is also dad to Lorenza, four, added: “Rachael isn’t really surprised when I come up with ideas like this, she’s used to it by now.

“I’m looking forward to it, and I’m glad I’m doing it in memory of my granddad.

“He was in the RAF, and he was my role model when i was growing up.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to stay in the outfit during the jump, then I’ll have a few drinks in Newcastle afterwards to wet the baby’s head.”

To help Andy boost his total, text FASH55 to 70070 to donate £3, or visit justgiving/andy facchini