Monkey business in the jungle drums up cash

Sam and Darryl  pose with the Go Ape! gorilla.
Sam and Darryl pose with the Go Ape! gorilla.

TWO fun-loving friends from Thurnscoe who went ape in the jungle, in the name of Comic Relief, have drummed up almost £1,200!

Darryl Hand and Sam Gill donned gorilla costumes before completing a tree-based obstacle course to raise money for the annual charity appeal.

Darryl, 23, and Sam, 22, dressed for the occasion when they took on their challenge – at the Go Ape! course at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire.

The pair faced tree-high ladders, rope-bridges and zip lines.

For Sam, who added a feminine touch to her costume by wearing a bright red bra and skirt, this proved quite a challenge – as she is terrified of heights!

She said: “When I first saw the course I did not feel like doing it, I was petrified.

“But we had some people there from the village who were cheering us on, and thankfully we both managed to complete the course.

“The gorilla suits didn’t really slow us down, but they did make you feel very hot.

“In the end I really enjoyed it, and I got a sense of achievement because I managed to conquer my fears.”

The money they raised is still being counted but the two friends reckon the total figure is around £1,200.

Sam said: “It’s an amazing total, because we only set out to raise around £500. The support from local people has been amazing”.

Darryl added: “We had a great day out, and it was so nice to see so many of our friends there cheering us on.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us.”