Brickmaker’s Arms landlady Laura Fuller inspired after dad defies cancer diagnosis to tackle 200ft charity bungee jump

From left to right: Moira Ely, Leah Fuller and Colin Ely presenting the cheque for £2,000 to St Eliz

From left to right: Moira Ely, Leah Fuller and Colin Ely presenting the cheque for £2,000 to St Elizabeth Hospice after Colin's bungee jump in July - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich landlady has vowed to follow in the footsteps of her extraordinary dad – and tackle a charity bungee jump for St Elizabeth Hospice.

In July, remarkable 61-year-old Colin Ely defied his terminal lung-cancer diagnosis to take on a 200ft bungee jump in the car park of The Brickmaker’s Arms, which his daughter Laura Fuller runs.

Mr Ely’s brave efforts helped to raise £2,000, which he, wife Moira, daughter Laura and granddaughter Leah presented to the charity on Tuesday.

“They thought he was just outstanding because of his bravery and the amount of money he raised,” Mrs Fuller said.

The fearless bungee jumper has been battling the condition for two years, but proud daughter Mrs Fuller has been overwhelmed by how he has handled it, and has expressed her gratitude at the hospice for their help in treating him.

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She said: “The last six months have been hard for him but it has been an ongoing battle and we are just so proud of him. Just because he has been fighting this cancer, it doesn’t mean he can’t do this.

“People have ‘bucket lists’ and this was one of those things on his. His condition hasn’t got in the way of him doing it, and there have been lots of comments on Facebook saying how incredible he is – he is an inspiration to us all.”

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Mrs Fuller had originally planned to tackle the jump herself, but after Mr Ely expressed his wish to take it on, she helped her dad raise sponsorship for the cause.

Now, Mrs Fuller has vowed to take on the challenge next year.

“I definitely want to do it,” she said. “If dad isn’t here next year I will still do it for him.”

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