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From eating fish eyes to bungee jumping ... Craig's pals are ready to help out; NETHERTON Family and friends rally round.

Byline: Rachael Bentham

FRIENDS and family of a young man suffering with cancer joined forces to raise money for him by bungee jumping, cross dressing and eating insects.

Craig Smith, 26, from Netherton, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in December, after he went to his GP with a pain in his side.

Since then, his friends and family have supported him through a number of different fundraising events arranged by local charity, the Flame Spirit Golf Society, who are based at the Netherton golf club, and by staff at the Eden Vale pub.

More than 20 people took part in a bungee jump off the top of a crane in the car park of the pub.

All of the bar staff jumped and one barmaid got a surprise when her hair extensions fell out and landed on a telephone pole!

The money raised from the jumpers was given to Craig and other local causes, which included helping local disabled children go on their annual trip to Lourdes.

The pub also hosted a bush tucker trial where 10 people, including Craig's older brother, Darren, were sponsored to eat fish eyes, locusts, sheep testicles and meal worms in the style of ITV reality show, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

The final event to raise money for Craig was a drag walk, which takes place every year for a different cause.

More than 40 people walked the route around pubs in Bootle collecting money in buckets, as well as from passers-by.

All those who took part were dressed in drag. There were men wearing wigs and fishnet tights while women dressed as golfers.

The three events raised pounds 4,350 for Craig.

Organisers hope the money will enable him to still socialise with friends and family during his treatment while he is off work.

Craig's mum, Wendy Heath, said: "It's marvellous what they've done for Craig, it's been so overwhelming it just makes me want to cry.

"All the family are made up."

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Not everyone can bear to watch as Craig's brother, Darren, eats a fish eye in a bush tucker trial Friends and family of Craig Smith, who is suffering from cancer, did a drag walk, above, to raise money for him, as well as going bungee jumping, top right
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