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Saturday, October 20, 2012
West Norfolk Paralympian Jody Cundy has helped raise £200,000 in the fight against cancer after appearing on a celebrity special of the Million Pound Drop on Channel 4.
Jody, 33, of Walpole St Andrew, was part of a tag-team appearing on a special edition of the show broadcast as part of the launch of the Stand Up To Cancer UK event which has seen Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK join forces to help tackle the disease.
The five-time Paralympic champion, who won a bronze medal in the 4km Pursuit at London 2012, appeared alongside former athlete and British 4000m record holder Iwan Thomas to try and answer question eight of a tag-team effort.
The sporting duo, who followed comedians Jonathan Ross and Jimmy Carr to the stage, were greeted by host Davina McCall who had a special word for the paralympian from Norfolk.
In a flashback to her days presenting Big Brother, she said: “Jody, I just want to say one thing. You’re live on Channel 4, please don’t swear.”
Jody, dressed in his Team GB tracksuit, was clearly amused, but soon turned his attentions to the serious business of trying to answer their question in the big money quiz - and hang onto the £200,000 that the other celebrities had managed to amass during the previous seven questions.
Jody and Iwan were given the choice of choosing from either tournaments or creepy crawlies and plumped for tournaments before being given the following choice of three answers:
<t> The first ever Fifa World Cup.
<t> The first ever baseball world series.
<t> The first ever Wimbledon lawn tennis championship.
The question they had to find the answer to was which came first.
The sporting duo put all £200,000 on the first ever lawn tennis championship and were overjoyed when the money did not ‘drop’ down a trapdoor.
Jody said: “I’ve never been so relieved in all my life.”
Actor Max Beesley was part of the next pair to have a go in answering the final question, which they did so correctly, ensuring £200,000 was going to charity.
Stand Up To Cancer began in the USA in 2008, and has since raised millions of dollars for cancer research, with the money focused on bringing more effective treatments with fewer side effects to patients quickly.