Salhouse boy’s sponsored bike ride ‘thank you’ for Mundesley cliff rescue
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A youngster has paid tribute to the coastguard team which helped rescue him and his step-father after they became trapped on a north Norfolk cliff.
Jackson Groom, 11, from Salhouse took part in a sponsored bike ride to raise funds for the Coastguard Association welfare group as a thank you.
Jackson, his mother, Claire, and step-father Glenn Ridley, had been walking their dog along Mundesley beach.
Part of their usual route back up a cliff had been washed away, so they tried a different one towards Bacton gas terminal.
But when Jackson was 20ft from the top of the 60ft cliff he slipped.
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Mrs Groom said: 'He only slipped a few inches, but got frightened. Glenn went to him but Jackson was frozen with fear.'
She phoned 999 for the emergency services.
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Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard team came to the scene. One of the team, Duncan Moore, secured himself and went to the cliff edge to talk to Jackson and his step-dad while they waited for a rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham to arrive on the scene.
Mr Moore said: 'I could see that he was really quite scared so I was just trying to reassure him and let him know the helicopter was en-route. When he knew that he did seem to relax a bit.'
The helicopter winched the pair to safety after a rescue operation taking just over an hour back in April.
Accompanying Jackson on the bike ride from Salhouse to Ranworth and back, which was a total of 10.3 miles and a riding time of one hour and one minute, was one of the coastguard team from Happisburgh, Christon Sharpe .
Mr Sharpe said: 'I couldn't thank Jackson and his family enough for what they have just completed. I had explained how the Coastguard Association makes a difference and how he would be helping someone who would need it.'
It is hoped the ride will raise more than £300 through the support of family and friends.