This past Sunday, Penn Cricket Club member and Angel Springs employee, Simon Bennett, joined four other Angel staff to support the on-going charity partnership between Angel Springs and Make-A-Wish Foundation UK® by undertaking the daunting task of Skydiving from a plane at 13,000 feet.
The fearless five spent three months gathering support and sponsorship to raise funds for the UK division of the charity.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK is a charity with a single purpose – granting magical wishes to children and young people aged 3-17 fighting life-threatening conditions.
This was the third attempt at getting off the ground, with the previous two attempts scuppered by adverse weather conditions at the Hinton Sky Diving Centre at Brackley, Northamptonshire.
Arriving at the airfield on the Sunday morning at 7:45am and after a quick bacon butty, with the group the only people diving that morning, meant that soon as the instructors arrived they briefed and kitted the jumpers with the necessary information and equipment and by 8:30am they were in the air ready to disembark the plane.
The weather that morning was perfect, with a clear sky and very little wind making for tremendous views of the local area and beyond.
Each skydiver attached to their tandem instructor, made their way to the open door on the plane and sat on the edge, legs dangling out of the plane waiting for the signal from the pilot.
Green light means go, an within a second of the signal each tandem pair had somersaulted out of the plane and were freefalling at 120mph (terminal velocity) for around 50 seconds experiencing nothing you will have experienced before.
After the initial free-fall the parachute is opened and they glided down with a few sharp turns and corners from the instructor to keep things lively.
On completing the experience they had the following comments,
“Nothing will ever compare to the thrill and excitement generated from doing what we’ve done and I would recommend it to anyone. We have even spoken about making it a regular event as it is such an amazing experience and definitely has to be repeated. You never know, next year we might be diving on our own without the instructor. We also raised a considerable amount of money for such a worthwhile charity and a big thank you to everyone involved and who contributed.”
Simon Bennett, IT Support.
“Finally we managed to do the dive!!, and it was amazing, the best experience of my life.”
Leighana Bethell, Finance.
“Certainly the craziest thing I have ever done, yet would definitely do it again….. and brilliant to be a part of a team who have raised so much money for a fantastic charity!”
Chris Vass, Customer Relations.
“Not only is it a privilege to be part of such a worthwhile cause as Make-a-Wish itself due to the good work the charity does, but to be able to help raise much needed funds by throwing myself out of a moving plane at 13,000 feet, with an experienced man strapped to my back seemed too perfect an opportunity to refuse.”
Richard Smith, Telesales.
“Sky diving is one of the most exhilarating experiences of a life time, I would defiantly recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting experience.”
Chelsea Rafferty, Administration
Commercial Director John Murphy commented,
“All of us at Angel Springs are extremely proud of the courage shown by our “5 Angels from the Sky” to do something as terrifying as this for the benefit of Make a Wish.”