A man who spent 48 hours living up a tree came down a little weary and wobbly-legged but otherwise none-the-worse for his unusual charity challenge.
Adam Williams, 48, of Denby Dale, spent two days and two nights 48ft up a tree.
He and colleague Matt Metcalf, both tree surgery apprenticeship instructors, hope to raise £1,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Funds are being raised in memory of dad-of-two Martin Hanks, of Thurstonland, who died in a tree-felling accident in Barnsley in April last year.
Adam and Martin were big pals and Adam decided to use his tree-climbing skills to encourage people to give generously.
Adam and Matt returned to terra firma at 5pm on Thursday and Adam said: “We came down safe and sound but I was a bit fazed by it all.
“It was like I’d been on a boat for a week because the tree was moving all the time. When I got down the tiredness hit me but I’m elated to have done it.”
Lack of sleep, boredom and ‘toilet facilities’ weren’t so much of a problem. More troublesome was the constant night-time traffic noise from a nearby busy road.
The tree was in the grounds of the Askham Bryan College, a specialist agricultural and land-based college near York, alongside the parrot enclosure!
“We survived it all quite well,” said Adam. “The birds and animals were fantastic generally and we slept okay but for being 700 yards away from the A64.”
The duo did everything suspended in the tree though they were allowed to go up and down while not touching the ground.
They beat boredom by playing mobile phone games and prepared their own food and drink.
“Even making a cup of tea had to be a delicate operation,” said Adam. “You have to think about it and do everything one step at a time. Everything is one-handed.”
Staff from the college kept an eye on them and went out for a chat throughout both days.
Going to the loo was an art in itself involving two-litre milk bottles and black bin bags and a poncho for privacy.
Adam and Matt survived up the tree on platforms they’d built themselves and cooked on camping stoves.
They are about halfway to their fundraising target and hope more people will donate at https:// www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mat-Metcalfe