Magna chief executive to jump 150ft for charity

19 February 2015

The chief executive of Magna is to make a bungee jump for charity at the visitor attraction.

John Silker will undertake the daredevil feat on Friday February 27 to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“It’s the first, and possibly last, time I will do a bungee jump. But it seemed such a good cause that I couldn’t turn it down,” said John.

Money raised will go towards Hospitality Sheffield’s campaign to raise £25,000 for the ‘Buy a Bedroom appeal’, which will help the hospital improve care, buy equipment and build rooms for families to stay with their children.

So far members of Hospitality Sheffield, which represents major hotel and venue owners in the city, have raised nearly £20,000.

Ian Slater, Chairman of Hospitality Sheffield and general manager at Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel, said: “Sheffield’s Children Hospital is a large part of our community and we are so close to raising the target figure. So we are thrilled that John has got behind this great cause. This support is invaluable and we look forward to seeing the bungee jump.”

Magna’s bungee operators, UK Bungee, are setting up the 150 ft tall bungee free of charge at the giant Face of Steel.

John said: “If anyone is inspired to follow in my footsteps they can try it out as bungee jumping is just one of the many activities we have on offer at Magna.”

The public can have a go at a bungee jump themselves for £50. Or try out abseiling or the zipwire. These activities must be pre-booked by contacting 0845 319 2767.

Magna is an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire. It also hosts regular school trips.

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works near junction 34 of the M1, also has venue space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

Notes to editor

Members of the press are invited to film/ photograph the bungee jump on Friday February 27 at 11.15am. Please arrive by 11am and ask for Donna Shaw.

Attached photograph shows John Silker.

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Magna is an educational charitable trust housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works. Employing 10,000 people at its peak, it opened in 1916 but was mothballed after closing in 1993 until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

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