Jumping Jo hosts 24-hour bounce in Bourne

Jump Start your Heart event at Bourne Fire station.  Jo Cole with her friends doing a sponsored bounce EMN-150410-150756009

Jump Start your Heart event at Bourne Fire station. Jo Cole with her friends doing a sponsored bounce EMN-150410-150756009

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A group of friends got their hearts pumping during a 24-hour bouncy castle bounce in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Jo Cole, from Bourne, organised the event called Jump Start Your Event, which took place on Saturday at Bourne Fire Station.

She was inspired by her mum Helen Found, who is recovering from a heart attack which she had in April.

Jo and six other women took it in turns to bounce on the bouncy castle and Bourne-based dance group LDC also performed at the event and had a bounce.

In total, the group were bouncing for 24 hours and managed to raise nearly £1,800 and donations are still coming in.

Jo said: “It was pretty exhausting but it was worth it. It was a really good atmosphere.”

Jo’s mum was able to come and watch the event.

Jo added: “It was nice that she was able to come. I think she thought we were all a bit mad but she’s very proud of what I’m trying to achieve.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of the wonderful team of ladies that were with me. It’s a fantastic amount of money to raise and I know what a big difference it will make.”

The money will be shared equally between the British Heart Foundation and the Bourne group.

Jo thanked sponsors including: Hall and Hall, Bourne Textiles, Warners, Bakkavor, Bentley Builders, Larkfleet, Paul Toseland, Cummins Generator Technologies, Castle Gate Financial Management, Branch Bros, Precision Sports, Harrison and Dunn, Costa Coffee, Budgens, Jenny May, Crown Jewellers, Tallington Lakes, Renumbered, Waterside Garden Centre, LDC, Spice of Life, Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s Glinton.

Jo is planning on doing more to support the British Heart Foundation and has already thought about organising a Wear It Beat It event next year - the charity’s national awareness event.

Jump Start Your Heart is part of a wider campaign called Say It Loud And Wear It Proud, which Jo has been encouraging people to support.

She wants people to upload photos of themselves wearing a heart, either on their clothes, on jewellery or even in a temporary tattoo to raise awareness of the risk of heart attacks.

Visit www.facebook.com/sayitloudandwearitproud or www.justgiving.com/joanne-COLE5 to help.