DAREDEVIL Kelly Battrick was jumping for joy when she was forced to pull out of a charity bungee because she was pregnant - having spent the past eight years trying for a baby.
Kelly, 27, was all set to join colleagues from Accrington’s Springhill Care Home in the jump when she heard the amazing news.
She said: "I was shaking so much because I couldn’t believe it and I ended up doing three tests to make sure. I love children and we have been trying for years to start a family. The next step was looking like IVF."
Kelly, who lives with her husband Lee in Downham Drive, Accringon, is expecting her new arrival in October.
She said "I was gutted I had to pull out of the jump.
"I had collected loads of sponsors but, with just three days to go, I knew I had to cancel.
"I felt as if I was letting the others down because we were jumping in pairs but I had a baby to protect and wasn’t taking any chances. "
Luckily, Springhill matron Cathy Dunn, 44, stepped in at the last minute as her replacement and Kelly’s sponsors agreed to support her instead.
She was able to join other jumpers Tonia Fish, 20, Oksana Odnorih, 30, and Ruslana Lazirko, 36, for the event at the Willows Pub, Guide, and raise £524 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital renal unit.
Cathy said: "I agreed to do it in a moment of madness. I don’t even like fairground rides and have never been to Blackpool Pleasure Beach but I didn’t want to let the team down after they raised so much sponsorship. In the end it wasn’t too bad and we had quite a good laugh."
Care home manager Kath Parkinson said: "We are all delighted for Kelly and impressed by Cathy’s bravery. It was all in a good cause, so well done to them all."