On the 11th June 2016, I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. Today was THE DAY for my skydive! Luckily, we didn’t have too far to drive to get to the airfield, and when we got there, there were dozens of people already there, all geared up and raising money for different charities. That in itself was deeply inspiring to see, and really helped take the edge off my nerves.
At last 3 o’clock came round and it was my turn to jump. We took off in a tiny plane, taking 10 minutes or so to get to 12,500 feet and above the clouds. Me and Ed (my instructor) jumped second out of 4 tandem jumpers on our ride, so I got to watch someone go first. We jumped out into cloud, and so couldn’t see the ground, freefalling for around 50 seconds. After Ed pulled the parachute, it then took another few minutes to reach the ground. I was blown away by the sheer exhilaration of jumping out of a plane so high up, and then the breathtaking beauty of hearing nothing but the wind and watching the curve of the earth on the horizon as we drifted down. We landed within metres of all my family who had turned out to watch. Amazing!
I received incredible support from both family and friends AND Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. I’m so grateful for all the donations I received and am delighted to have raised so much money for a cause so close to my heart. I would recommend ANYONE doing a skydive to raise money – it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I will remember for the rest of my life.
I raised a staggering £930 😉