Space-hopper madness for zany contest

SPACE-hopper racers took to the streets of Platt Bridge for a zany competition in aid of one of the borough’s biggest charities.

A packed field of competitors on board the brightly-coloured rubber toys made for a light-hearted and surreal spectacle as they hopped through the streets to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).

Spacehopper race in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice with regulars from Owd Kess Pub in Platt Bridge

Spacehopper race in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice with regulars from Owd Kess Pub in Platt Bridge

The racers made their way from Owd Kess’s pub on Victoria Road through the housing estate to the main road, where they careful negotiated a pedestrian crossing before bouncing up to the finishing line at the local branch of McDonald’s.

The race created a considerable amount of interest, with residents watching the space-hoppers’ progress from their windows and driveways and drinkers emerging from pubs to cheer on the racers and contribute to the collection tins.

There were plenty of thrills and spills as the competitors negotiated their hoppers along the pavements and across an open grass space.

The unusual event was the creation of Owd Kess’s regular Kerry Jolley and was the centrepiece of a whole day of fund-raising at the pub, with other activities including raffles, tombolas and family games. The space-hopper challenged raised £808 for the hospice and Kerry hopes the final total will reach £1,000 as some sponsorship money still needs collecting.

Spacehopper race in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice with regulars from Owd Kess Pub in Platt Bridge

Spacehopper race in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice with regulars from Owd Kess Pub in Platt Bridge

The Hindley-based hospice is no stranger to holding out-of-the-ordinary fund-raising events with previous escapades for charity including a giant water slide placed down Standishgate in Wigan town centre.

Kerry Jolley and Mike Glover spacehopping their way around Platt Bridge

Kerry Jolley and Mike Glover spacehopping their way around Platt Bridge