Extra Mile: Paul jumps for safety


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Plaid Cymru councillor Paul James on one of three bungee jumps to raise money for CCTV cameras on the Llanbadarn to Aberystwyth cycle path.

The campaign was started following two robberies at knifepoint on the path in September and November last year, attacks that came as a huge shock to a town entirely unused to crimes of that nature, having one of the lowest crime rates in the country. 

The commitment to the safety of local residents shown by Paul, a Plaid County Councillor for Llanbadarn Fawr Sulien Ward, just outside Aberystwyth is fantastic. In April he arranged a 3-day bag pack with Communities First at Morrison's supermarket, which borders the path, raising £4,922.

This weekend's series of three jumps, one after the other, was taken from the highest bungee platform in the UK at Windsor, measuring 100 metres. At 50-odd years of age, that's no mean feat and the jumps are set to raise well over another £4,000 in sponsorship. I'm just glad we're not looking at a by-election.

Anyone wishing to donate money to the campaign can e-mail Paul  at