57 thrill streakers shed their inhibitions and their clothes today (25 October 2015), to commemorate the Naked Rollercoaster World Record AND raise over £10,000 for a local cancer charity. The ultimate white nipple ride took place at Adventure Island on Southend seafront, and generated vital funds and awareness for Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal. The original World Record was set by Adventure Island five years ago, when 102 thrill-streakers rode the Green Scream to raise over £20,000 for Southend hospital’s Bosom Pals Appeal.
For this commemorative event 5 years later and on the final weekend of British Summertime people travelled from all over Essex and the UK to take part – with the furthest coming from Edinburgh, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Gloucester and Swindon. Many of the original thrill streakers from 2010 also took part in the anniversary.
Adventure Island Operations Director Andrew Renton says “It’s been an absolutely superb day with people all enjoying the chance to do something memorable, good fun and raise a large amount of money for a fantastic, local charity. We’ve heard some amazing stories from so many who have been directly, or indirectly, affected by cancer and wanted to give something back. I am really proud Adventure Island could offer them this opportunity. Admittedly it would have been nice to have bettered our record – but we are still the World Record holders at the end of the day.”
Lucy Thomas-Clayton from Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation adds “It takes a lot of nerve to take off all your clothes in front of complete strangers, plus the world’s media – so we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who was brave enough to bare all and raise such a huge amount of cash for our vitally important cause.”