SLEAFORD Standard reporter Rachel Grafton and her boyfriend Kevin Armitage recently took part in a charity tandem sky dive, jumping and free falling from 13,000ft, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Here are her personal thoughts on the experience...
Kevin and I took part in the challenge at Sibson Airfield to raise money for the charity as my mum Anne died of breast cancer in 2007. Ironically, my mum was terrified of heights and, had she been alive today, I’m sure she would have told us both we were raving mad.
on arriving at the airfield we were both a little apprehensive but the instructors were brilliant at putting us at ease with a few tongue-in-cheek quips about how they were ‘nervous’ as well. But, as strange as it sounds, once we were in the plane, we don’t really think about how high up we were.
When we were at 13,000ft, our instructors shuffled us to the door of the plane and out we went, the wind roaring in our ears. The free-fall was amazing, I just felt completely weightless and the views below were incredible.
Kevin said: “It was more exhilarating than I ever expected, the feeling of sitting on the edge of a plane door at 13,000ft was indescribable.”
Once back on the ground, we were both buzzing and raring to go again. We agreed it was the best experience of our lives and would definitely do it again.
The £700 we had to raise to take part in the jump, plus the £1,100 we raised at our recent charity disco, meant that we have raised nearly £2,000 overall and to have done something that was so much fun for such a worthy cause was an amazing feeling.