teenager completes 15,000ft Sport Relief skydive
18 year-old Highbridge leisure assistant who does not have a head
for heights performed a 15,000ft skydive on Sunday (April 1st)
to help raise funds for charity.
Crocker, who works at King Alfreds Leisure Centre in Highbridge,
carried out the jump at speeds of up to 120 miles an hour as part
of a tandem team at Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The weather was lovely and everything
went so smoothly that I was able to jump earlier in the day than
getting the jumpsuit and safety harness on, we waited for the
plane to come back from an earlier jump and at around 12.45pm
it was my turn."
entered the aircraft and began our ten-minute journey to 15,000ft
and, believe you me, I experienced every second. When we reached
15,000ft we had to wait for some 'fun jumpers' to go first and
when I saw them disappear in a flash I think it started to hit
me what I was about to do!"
made our way to the exit and got in position, which involved me
leaning out of the aircraft. At that moment I looked at the cameraman
falling, the whole thing seemed surreal and seemed to happen really
fast. After a minute free falling my instructor pulled the cord
and out came the parachute which then allowed me to take in all
the amazing scenery for the four minute decent back to the ground.
We landed safely and softly."
have already put down a deposit to do it again! I would recommend
it to anyone who has every wanted to try it. If
they want someone to go with them, give me a shout and I will
happily do it with them."
hopes to have raised around £300 for BBC Sport Relief by
completing the jump.