Most people on Space Hoppers 2007
The Wave and Swansea Sound Radio stations have linked up with
charities, Shelter Cymru and the RNLI, to attempt to break the Guinness World
Record for the most people on space hoppers on Sunday 24th June 2007.
The event was open to the general public and was designed to appeal to the whole family.
The record was open to all, practice took place before the attempt. The event generated
awareness of and funds for Shelter Cymru and the RNLI’s Train One Save Many Campaign
Shelter Cymru is Wales' housing and homelessness charity. They prevent people from losing
their homes by offering free, confidential and independent advice. In 2006 they helped
13,500 people in Wales and prevented homelessness in 92% of the cases where it was
faced. They believe that everyone should have a suitable, affordable and secure home.
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) saves lives at sea but relies on voluntary
contributions and legacies to fund the operations. The year, 2006, was the biggest year
to date with 1,299 people rescued.
RNLI has launched their national campaign “Train One, Save Many” to raise £10M to train
its volunteer crews over five years. The money raised will be used to train local crews.
Entry to the event was only £1 which was split between the two charities. Others records
attempted include the longest Mexican Wave, the largest water balloon fight the most people
skipping rope simultaneously, the most people to participate in a locomotion dance, the
biggest custard pie fight, the most rugby tackles made in one hour, the largest single
Twister, the most squat thrusts in one minute and of course the most people on space hoppers.
The radio stations previously broke the Mexican Wave Record back in 2002 and five years on were
looking to get it back!
By the end of the day an amazing 4 World Records had been broken.
The largest custard pie fight included 70 people who threw over 300 litres of custard at each
other in 3 very messy minutes.
That was followed by most people bouncing on space hoppers which has been especially designed
for the day. The new record was set at 735.
Four generations of one family were included in the 1752 people who took part in the world’s
biggest locomotion dance.
The final record broken was an amazing feat by Craig De Vulgt from Life Health and Fitness Club
who completed an amazing 70 squat thrusts in a minute.
Thousands of pounds will be was raised for the two charities. Andrew Jones from Shelter Cymru
said "To achieve 4 world records was an amazing result. The Wave and Swansea Sound have been
absolutely brilliant and we would all like to say a very big thank you to Xbox and all the
other sponsors. The representatives from Guinness World Records were brilliant all day –
there to ensure we stuck to all the rules but they greatly added to the atmosphere as the
crowds waited for their decisions to see if the records had been broken."