14th March 2017
A spectacular strait jacket escape is set to amaze Emirates Spinnaker Tower visitors on Wednesday 12 April when magician Dan Churchley attempts to complete the daring stunt, all whilst suspended 100 metres above sea level, upside down, beneath the iconic building’s glass floor Sky Walk! As well as captivating Tower visitors, the stunt will also aim to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Dan commented: “I’m very excited about the stunt but as it draws nearer, the nerves are definitely starting to kick in. It is a seriously high point to be dangled from for all to see but it will be worth it to raise money for CLIC Sargent, who are the real inspiration behind this event.
“The charity is very close to my heart after losing my best friend at the age of 21 to a short fight with cancer and I’ll be doing the escape in his memory. It will be nice to give something back and help a new family after the great support CLIC Sargent provided for my friend and his loved ones.”
Last year, CLIC Sargent supported 560 children and young people with cancer, and their families, from the south of England. They gave out 387 grants, to a value of more than £78,000, to help families deal with the financial impact of cancer. A recent Cancer Costs survey from the charity revealed that families with a child under active treatment spend an extra £600 a month and this puts many families into debt.
Liz Blunt, Fundraising Manager for Hampshire, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Dan enough for his fantastic efforts.
“Thanks to Dan and his truly unique fundraising event, we will be able to help even more young people in the south of England get all the practical, financial and emotional support they need. Receiving local support like this is really is like magic to us and our young people.”
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Dan Churchley has been entertaining audiences for over a decade, and boasts a number of talents including Magician, Comedian, Presenter, Knife Juggler and of course, Escapologist. Those wishing to donate to support CLIC Sargent and Dan’s Strait Jacket escape can do so on his dedicated Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/straitjacketescape