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Maintenance man Adam Titcombe dines on termites and a tarantula in fundraising challenge for Downham Market care home

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:39 13 August 2017

Adam Titcombe took part in the I’m a Maintenance Man Get Me Out Of Here challenge at Downham Grange nursing home. He was sponsored to eat a range of creepy crawlies. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Adam Titcombe took part in the I'm a Maintenance Man Get Me Out Of Here challenge at Downham Grange nursing home. He was sponsored to eat a range of creepy crawlies. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

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It was not a challenge for the faint hearted - but Adam Titcombe wanted to go above and beyond in his fundraising efforts.

Adam Titcombe taking a bite of one of the many creepy crawlies, which included locusts and worms. Picture: Rebecca MurphyAdam Titcombe taking a bite of one of the many creepy crawlies, which included locusts and worms. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The maintenance man at Downham Grange nursing home, Downham Market, was sponsored to dine on a range of creepy crawlies from locusts to silkworm pupae.

His I’m a Celebrity take-off – I’m a Maintenance Man Get Me Out Of Here - was all in aid of raising proceeds to put towards day-trips for the residents.

The selection of creepy crawlies Adam Titcombe ate to raise money for the Downham Grange nursing home. Picture: Rebecca MurphyThe selection of creepy crawlies Adam Titcombe ate to raise money for the Downham Grange nursing home. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

In a room dressed in jungle decor, Mr Titcombe was greeted with a smorgasbord of insect life and an audience of gleeful residents, staff and friends ready to watch him cringe.

Armed with a jug of orange juice the 32-year-old from Denver munched his way through the insects which were sourced from Amazon.

Adam Titcombe's least favourite course, the zebra tarantula. Picture: Rebecca MurphyAdam Titcombe's least favourite course, the zebra tarantula. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

He said: “How people can eat that way on a day-to-day basis I just don’t know. It is vile.”

Mr Titcombe was supported by wife Georgina and eight-month-old son Asher at the event, which was the highlight of the home’s summer barbecue.

He said the buffalo worms, mealworms, crickets and flying termites were not too hard to deal with.

But the finishing course - a zebra tarantula the size of a male hand - was another matter.

“It was the worst thing I have ever done,” he said. “The rest was mind over matter but it was when I got to the spider - I knew it was not going to be pleasant. “There was soft goo inside and when I crunched it popped.”

Mr Titcombe was a senior carer at the home for two-and-a-half years and has been the maintenance man for two years.

A keen fundraiser for the home, his latest challenge has so far raised more than £500. Along with a sponsored walk from the home to King’s Lynn, he has raised close to £1,500.

He said: “It was thought up between me and the deputy manager because I wanted to come up with a different idea. It started off with me finishing with a scorpion but then it became a tarantula.

“I wanted to give the residents something worthwhile. I’m doing it for them. I see the residents as my family and I enjoy putting a smile on their faces. I just enjoy what I do.”

The residents will be able to enjoy trips to the cinema and shows in the run up to Christmas with the money.

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