Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:15

Eden Project - 31 July 2015. More than £4,000 has been raised for disaster relief in Nepal on the launch day of the latest attraction at the Eden Project.

The Drop resembles a three-storey wooden house. Thrill-seekers can leap 10 metres on to a giant airbag from one side, or drop 20 metres over the edge of a cliff using a free-fall simulator.

Based at the activity centre on the edge of Eden near St Austell in Cornwall, it is operated by Hangloose@Eden, the company behind the Eden Project’s SkyWire, and Gravity, a giant swing.

Hangloose decided to donate their entire day’s takings from all three activities to help build monsoon and earthquake resistant homes for the victims of May’s natural disaster in Asia.

The proceeds will be given to The Mandala Organisation, which works closely with other charities and the Canadian military to provide specialist training courses and building materials to aid workers currently based Nepal.

Ian Roberts, a technical advisor for Hangloose, who spent several years living in and organising trekking tours around Nepal said: “The money raised will help build houses in the Sindhupalchowk region of Nepal. This is a wonderful way of raising much needed funds.”

Sunny Krishnan from the St Austell-based Nepalese Gurkha restaurant, was among the first to descend The Drop, he said: “This is fantastic, money is badly needed for medicines, reconstruction of houses, schools and shelter.

“Any little will help ease suffering and I hope that people give generously. I would implore and urge people to help those that have been affected by this earthquake.”

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