EATING insects and invertebrates is usually a spectacle reserved for reality TV shows such as I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and Fear Factor.
But Paul Eldridge, of Battle Road, St Leonards, will eat a diet of snails, flies, spiders and nettles in a bid to heal his broken leg faster than the conventional recovery time dictates.
The operation was to correct an injury sustained from a motorbike accident in his youth and since surgery has been walking on crutches.
His doctor said his leg would take at least three months to get better, but Paul believes eating foods high in trace elements can help his immune system and circulation to stimulate bone growth.
Trace elements are essential minerals such as magnesium, strontium, calcium and pectin found in foods like Brussels sprouts, apples, mint, garlic, basil, beans and pluses.
Each day Paul makes a smoothie out of these ingredients taken from his garden and blends it together with rainwater to make the concoction complete.
Paul is so confident his special diet will work that he has bet his doctor £100 he will succeed.
He said: “When I told him what I was doing he looked at me as if I came from the planet Zog, but I’m so sure I can do it, that’s why I’ve made the bet.”
The deadline he set himself is August 14, and all money raised will go to the Conquest Hospital.
He has placed collection boxes in various businesses across town for people who wish to support his cause.
“The Conquest is desperately short of money so ideally I’d like to raise the equivalent of £1 for every man, woman and child in Sussex.” Paul added.
“I’m following all the guidelines and taking medical advice but at the same time I’m eating an extraordinary diet in order to heal quicker and raise as much money as possible.”
Each charity box has a picture of an insect on it and when it is full of coins Paul will eat whichever insect is on the back.
He also intends to put collection boxes in as many GP surgeries as possible, as well as the Conquest itself.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so at Trade Counters in Old London Road, Hastings, The Rainbow Restaurant in George Street, Costcutter in St Leonards, or the Hastings Observer office in Telford Road, St Leonards.