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Skydiving - to many a dream come true, to me, my worst nightmare. 

Nevertheless, I have somehow agreed to hurl myself out of an airplane at 13,000 feet, strapped to a "hunky" (???) Red Devil. 

The plan is to go up in one of those small, really unsafe and draughty looking planes, hover, think of England and the Queen, and then jump. 

There will then be a freefall for 45 seconds, during which my heart will probably stop.  Then (and this is the crux of my anxiety) the Hunky Devil will pull on a short piece of line, which may or may not open a large piece of nylon (apparently called "canopy"), which should transform the freefall into a gentle glide.  If it doesn't open I am assured that there is a spare "reserve" canopy.  I am worried what happens if that doesn't open either. 

Anyway, assuming all goes well (...), I will then be able to enjoy a 6 minute glide with the Hunky Devil, during which my heart might recommence activity, allowing me to enjoy the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

During my years' sailing with the JST, I have seen hundreds of people, young and old, conquer their own fears and others' stereotypes of what they can achieve.  I have climbed the masts of the tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious with the blind, the deaf, the legless, the armless, OAPs, and really hunky Italian 20-something lads who were so scared of hights, they cried all the way.  Even wheelchair users come up to the first platform every single voyage. 

So I guess after years of showing off up the mast, it is my turn to conquer my very own, very real personal fear.  I'll be doing it for all the really brave and wonderful friends I have made on the ships over the years.  Friends who have overcome disability.  Carers who sailed with a disabled friend even though they were terribly seasick and scared of water.  16 year olds away from home for the first time, who learned to respect their own bodies and discover what it's like to take responsibility for others.  Those in their 70s, 80s and even 90s, who climbed on yards to stow away sails, and showed me that we don't need to be scared of growing old.  And for the wonderful crew of the two ships, who have welcomed me into their "family" with open arms from the moment I first stepped on board.

Please support me in my venture, in recognition of all the above, by donating as much as you can.  I am paying for the actual cost of the jump myself, so every penny you give will go to the JST, to further its quest to change lives forever.

Raising money for

Jubilee Sailing trust

Jubilee Sailing trust

Charity Registration No. 277810

Our tall ships the LORD NELSON and TENACIOUS benefit both able-bodied and disabled people. Any help you are able to give will enable us to continue to make a difference, not just on our ships but in the homes, workplaces and communities of all our voyage crew.

Donations 43

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Thanks for the message be safe and good luck. Must be wonderful to fly with the birds Lots of love xx

Donation by Tinky Winky (Animal) on 25/05/12

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All the best. I assume you are doing this at Netheravon. My husband "works" there packing parachutes etc. You'll be fine!x

Donation by Claire Broadley on 18/05/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Jane & David Norris on 15/05/12

£10.00

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Verrücktes Julchen! Wünsche Dir gute Nerven und vielleicht macht es ja doch Spaß! Knutsch Die Frau Wolf

Donation by Ulla Sarin on 10/05/12

£20.00

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You're so close!! Well done!xxx

Donation by Karla Butterworth on 26/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Go for it Julia xx

Donation by Eleanor Mason Brown on 24/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Dont close your eyes!!

Donation by graeme munro on 05/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Bonne chance, Julia!

Donation by Heidi Flood on 20/03/12

£10.00

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Happy landing !!!

Donation by Adam Dolder on 16/03/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Peggy Schneider on 02/03/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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I think you're mad. but well done! and thank you for all the lovely cake!!

Donation by Laura Searle on 02/03/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Julia!

Donation by Ilana Hutton on 02/03/12

£10.00

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Good luck!

Donation by Jonathan Dennis on 02/03/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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You are amazing! Just hold on tight to your Red Devil and you will be fine...! Sandra

Donation by Sandra Janssens on 23/02/12

£50.00

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Are you totally crazy? Are you really after two Grand to be touched up by a Red Devil!? Enjoy...!

Donation by Robin Gorham on 18/02/12

£199.99

+ £50.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by elizabeth seborg on 17/02/12

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Well done Jules, brave girl! Are you doing it at Netheravon? My cousin did one there and raised over £2000 so go for it girl! Charmian

Donation by Charmian Griffiths on 15/02/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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You'll enjoy it!

Donation by Mark Newton on 15/02/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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good luck Jules, I'm sure it will be fun.

Donation by Simon Gray on 14/02/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Have fun Julia! Thanks for baking!

Donation by Marleen Bouwer on 10/02/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Have fun! Bet you will want to do it again as soon as your feet touch the ground!

Donation by Jue Jun Lu on 10/02/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck and keep smiling...all the way down.

Donation by Gillian Davies on 25/01/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Enjoy the experience and a Happy Landing!

Donation by David & Helene King on 25/01/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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Beste Grüße und HALS UND BEINBRUCH!! Papa

Donation by Rolf-Dieter Schaefer on 17/01/12

£200.00

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Not many of us are brave enough to conquer our nightmare. Well done. This is from Lizzy too.

Donation by Barbara Box on 16/01/12

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,499.99
  • Offline donations£860.01
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,360.00
  • Gift Aid£271.25

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