Story

Video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuDj4pMIZw0

I know. It should have been obvious from the name skydive. Everybody must have presumed that I knew it was head first or that somebody else had told me. Right through the painstaking rehearsal I thought we would be free-falling feet (or, rather, knees) first, as we were told to bend our legs so that our heels touched the backs of our thighs, which didn't make sense at the time. I was puzzled when Alf, my partner/instructor, kept on saying "when I roll over". I still didn't get it. 

 

So we took off in a 10-seater plane, sitting on the floor, with my bottom firmly wedged between Alf's legs; and then we shuffled along the floor on our bottoms until we reached the door. Alf had made almost 5,000 dives, so I wasn't nervous about safety, just about what would happen. I was concentrating really hard on keeping my bent legs from drifting towards the tail and then Alf rolled forward and we tumbled out of the plane at 13,000 feet, heads first. Yes, a dive. I presume the photographer [i], about four feet away from us, has captured all the surprise and horror of those first moments.

 

Alf tapped me, so I removed my right hand from my left shoulder and my left hand from my right shoulder, and put my hands out in front of me which made sense in a dive. I had wondered why I had been told to put them above my head when falling. There I was, hurtling towards the earth.

 

Once I had adjusted to the surprise, I enjoyed the forty seconds or so of free falling for 8000 feet at an angle of about 45 degrees. People asked me afterwards how fast we were falling but I can't transform the 32 feet per second of acceleration into miles per hour. I had been determined to count the forty seconds until the parachute opened but I was too busy following the training and keeping my body neat. Then the parachute opened and we were righted, with our feet pointing towards the ground. It was quiet enough for Alf to speak. He got me to rehearse our landing procedures and then he helped me steer us back towards the airfield, the last 5,000 feet taking about five minutes. We heard the whistle of a steam train and as Alf is a bit of a steam buff we went to have a look.

 

Alf counted to three and said "stand" but it was so windy that we were pushed over when our feet touched the ground, so we landed in a heap; but no bones broken, and great relief.

 

As I have reached my £5k target thanks to your help, I'm keeping my promise to Margaret not to do it again; but it was worth it, a little for the experience, but much more because of the money that will go to help complete the RNIB Pears Learning Centre for blind children with additional disabilities [ii].

 

 My page is open for three months more so plenty of room for more donations! Thanks a million to all you good people who have supported me. It was worth it.

this I dived in aid of a major construction project at RNIB Rushton School & Children's Home where we're building a new School and Children's Home to provide care and education for 30 visually impaired children with additional needs. These can range from an additional sensory or physical impairment to social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

 

More information on the transformation of the site can be found by clicking on the link below:

 http://www.rnib.org.uk/livingwithsightloss/livinglearning/rushtonschoolhome/Pages/rushton_school_home.aspx 

 

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Raising money for

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Charity Registration No. 226227

RNIB - helping blind and partially sighted people. Every day another 100 people will start to lose their sight. RNIB is the leading UK charity offering practical support & information to anyone with a sight problem. We campaign to eliminate avoidable sight loss and support research into eye health.

Donations 139

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Worth ten quid of my pension to support you, Kev. Well done mate.

Donation by John Crampton on 02/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Kevin - you are full on! One more incredible experience in an already jam-packed remarkable life. Whatever next?

Donation by Sandi Wassmer on 02/09/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Kevin - rather you than me! Liz Hazell

Donation by Liz Hazell on 14/07/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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sheila my god mother sent ten pounds she thinks you are very brave and worth ten pounds love chris xx

Donation by christine carey on 09/07/11

£10.00

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Well done Kevin, fabulous effort. Sonia Goodsell Church Warden, St Francis Church Hassocks

Donation by Keith Goodsell on 22/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Kevin, just the idea of jumping out a plane scares the hell out of me.

Donation by Marco Kuntze on 22/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Hi Kevin. I read your story in the local paper and am so impressed with what you have achieved. Well done and good luck in reaching your target.

Donation by Mandy Wilson on 19/06/11

£10.00

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I am really impressed, and cannot wait to find out what you will do next!

Donation by Sam Pearce on 19/06/11

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Many congratualtions Kevin - rather you than me!

Donation by Vidar Hjardeng on 15/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations! Huge achievement. Jill

Donation by Jill Warren on 14/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Kevin, enjoyed your comparison of what you were expecting and the reality!

Donation by David Fitt on 14/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congrats Kevin - your are truly amazing! Hope you reach and exceed your total. Love Trish x

Donation by Patricia Bucher on 13/06/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Well done Kevin - I like the pictures

Donation by Nigel Cook on 13/06/11

£25.00

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Well done Kevin it is something I dream about - parachuting I mean

Donation by david brown on 13/06/11

£25.00

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Congratulations Kevin, I bet it was really exhilarating Best Wishes Heather

Donation by Heather Giles on 09/06/11

£100.00

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Inspiring! You tell it well ... Thank you

Donation by Aoife Greaney on 09/06/11

£30.00

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Well done Kevin - you are amazing!

Donation by Belina Raffy on 08/06/11

£20.00

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Kevin - Great effort. Many congratulations.

Donation by Gordon Adgey on 08/06/11

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Congratulations on a jump well done.

Donation by Colin Low on 07/06/11

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Rather you that me.

Donation by Terry Moody on 06/06/11

£100.00

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Brilliant. Well done Kevin

Donation by Robert on 06/06/11

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Well done.

Donation by A trustee on 06/06/11

£84.00

+ £21.00 Gift Aid

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good luck kevin, have fun!

Donation by Julie Shorrock on 05/06/11

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Kevin, Good luck today. Enjoy if you can!!! Best wishes for a safe landing. Christine x (Hazel's sister)

Donation by Christine Wheatley on 04/06/11

£20.00

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Have a great flight! Land well!

Donation by Jane Newman on 03/06/11

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,195.00
  • Offline donations£1,000.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,195.00
  • Gift Aid£939.26

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