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Photo of the Month - May 1999

These photos came from Lucy of the Goring Venture Scouts complete with a press release they had prepared which we use below. Thank you Goring Ventures.

Goring Venture Scouts Make A Splash!

May '99 Photo of the Month (A) GNIROG VSU (aka Goring Venture Scouts) made a splash by launching themselves off of the Goring-on-Thames River Bridge in a sponsored Aqua-Abseil. On Sunday 6th June a team of twenty Ventures repeatedly fast-roped into the weir pool in front of the Lock for an hour, to the surprise of a growing crowd of onlookers.
Participants emerged from the river soaked but exhilarated. The achieved their target of making 100 descents within the hour with seconds to go. They also succeeded in raising over 200 for local charities.
May '99 Photo of the Month (B)

(From Left) Lieutenant Simon Hobbs and Jonny Hollis take the plunge (Photo: Lucy Bishop)

(From Left) Katherine Hough and Katherine Cook go over the top. (Photo: Andy Hollis)

The event was the brainchild of unit member, Jonny Hollis. Jonny said, "I wanted to organise something a bit different, where we could test our nerve, and raise some money for a good cause as well." The event was also organised in order to boost the unit's profile locally, as part of their recruitment drive.

May '99 Photo of the Month (C) The whole event, including gaining permission, and finding instructors and safety marshals, was organised entirely by the unit members. Unit Leader Mike Hammer said, "When young people attract so much criticism these days, it is good to see them doing something useful, even if it is a bit strange."

Lieutenant Simon Hobbs does it in style. (Photo: Andy Hollis)

A number of ex-Ventures also returned to jump, including Lieutenant Simon Hobbs from the Royal Signals TA, who made the jump wearing full dress uniform. The unit, who have recently been awarded a 100,000 lottery grant to build a new headquarters also helped to raise their local profile and attract new members.


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