Adrenaline rush trio get set for charity skydive

Chris Aldridge (left) from Cowbit who is organising a charity skydive to be done by his son Ross Aldridge (right) and friend Graham York.
Chris Aldridge (left) from Cowbit who is organising a charity skydive to be done by his son Ross Aldridge (right) and friend Graham York.
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Three friends are counting down the days till they do a 13,000ft skydive to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Graham York (39) and Ross Aldridge (16), both from Cowbit, will be joined by Walter Thorington (56),of Ipswich, for the fundraising tandem skydive on Saturday, December 14.

Weather permitting, the trio will travel to Sibson Airfield in Peterborough, where they will jump out of an aircraft at about 13,000ft before freefalling to the grounds at a speed of more than 120mph.

Graham, who suffers from the muscle and nerve wasting condition Motor Neurone Disease, said: “I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie and about a month ago, I talked with Ross about doing something for charity.

“We thought of doing a sponsored walk and a bungee jump, but then the idea was thrown in to do a parachute jump after remembering that we’d recently been on some rides at Thorpe Park theme park in Surrey.

“Chris Aldridge, Ross’s dad, is organising the parachute jump for us but we’ve had to raise hundreds of pounds ourselves to cover the triple tandem jump which we’ll be doing with ex-Paratroopers.”

The trio are doing the skydive with a team from UK Parachuting who will give them just 30 minutes of training before they experience the adrenaline rush of their lives.

Ross, who attended Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, said: “It’s been one of my ambitions to do a parachute jump so when we talked about the idea, I thought that if we were going to do it, we had to do it properly.

“There’s no point doing a little one and although some people said it’s a bit risky, we’ve had full support from everybody.

“I’ve raised £200 in sponsorship from students and teachers at my school but I’m hoping to raise more because my family and relatives are going to sponsor me as well.”

News of the skydive has spread fast in Cowbit since a sponsorship form was left in Thorpe’s Stores, Barrier Bank, and details were put up on the village website.

Sponsorship forms are also available in the Plumb Centre and Gibbs and Dandy builders merchants, both in St Thomas’s Road, Spalding.