Fancy tat! Andy does giant jump

Andy Chapman has a memorial tattoo created in honour of his mother and sister, both of whom suffer from cancer. d05071174

Andy Chapman has a memorial tattoo created in honour of his mother and sister, both of whom suffer from cancer. d05071174

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A MAN who jumped off the tallest building in Las Vegas to raise money for Cancer Research said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of strangers who read his story in the Spenborough Guardian.

Andrew Chapman, who jumped off the 829ft Stratosphere Hotel, said people had been stopping him in the supermarket and coming into his shop, A and B Alterations next to Heckmondwike Morrison’s, and giving him donations despite never having met him before.

Andrew did the jump to raise cash for the charity because his mum and sister Kate are both terminally ill with the disease.

He admitted being scared at first - but added: “It was eight seconds of pure adrenaline. When I landed I wanted to go back and do it again.

“They put the harness on you, say ‘are you ready?’ and you jump straight off. I was thinking about how much I loved my mum and Kate and I just jumped off.

“My mum was in tears - she was pleased as punch. And Kate just thinks I’m daft.”

Andrew said he had raised more than £1,300 so far, much of which had come from Spenborough Guardian readers.

He said: “I couldn’t walk through Morrisons without people saying, ‘it’s amazing what you are doing’.

“People have been coming in and putting money on the counter.

“One old lady came in and emptied her purse which had about £4.50 in it. She said, ‘I wanted to give this to that lad who’s jumping off that building’. A young lass gave me £1.50 and some companies even donated money. It’s restored my faith in people. Words can’t describe how I feel.”

Andrew said he had now decided to get a tattoo in honour of his mum and sister. It was done free by Scott Brooke from A Breed Apart tattoo studio in Mirfield.

He said while he was having the tattoo, his mum was enduring a painful treatment to try to shrink her brain tumour. He said: “The pain of the tattoo is nothing compared to what she went through.”

He thanked Steve Oliver and Scott Brooke at the tattoo studio and the West End pub, Gomersal, for helping raise sponsor money.

He said: “It’s been a phenomenal response. I was hoping to raise about £600 so £1,300 is immense.”

You can still sponsor him at www.justgiving.com/Andy-Chapman69.