Three brave Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers have raised over £2,000 for a local rescue charity by taking part in a sky dive over the weekend.

BARB crewmembers Alan Heal and David Kemp, plus supporter Craig Kick, jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft over Salisbury Plain on Saturday (June 5th) to raise funds for Burnham’s BARB Search & Rescue, which operates rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats.

Alan, 66, says: ”I have always wanted to do a sky dive and now that I’ve reached pension age it was now or never! I’m not a good flyer and I am terrified of heights, so this was a huge challenge for me and completely out of my comfort zone.”

“In fact, on the day, I was more excited than nervous. The only brief moment of anxiety was when I put my legs out over the side of the plane, but I didn’t have time to think about it as that was the point of no return!”

“We free-fell down to 6,000ft for over a minute before my instructor pulled the rip chord and did a couple of twirls that felt like an extreme rollercoaster ride.”

“The views were simply stunning – we saw lots of impressive landmarks from a bird’s-eye view, including Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Southampton in the distance.”

“It was an amazing feeling – just stunning! There was a gentle glide down to the ground and it was a really smooth landing.”

Alan adds: “I loved every moment of it and would 100 per cent do it again – it was a superb experience. My thanks go to everyone that has supported us and donated funds towards the life-saving work of BARB along our local coastline.”

“When the opportunity arose to do a charity sky dive, I decided it would be a great way to give something back to this amazing organisation. BARB is just a small charity that relies on donations to keep running and, given the challenges of the past year, they need the support more than ever.”

£1,175 has been raised by Alan Heal, £400 by Craig Kick and £415 by David Kemp. Also, Derek Nijenhuis has raised £550 so far, however his sky dive was delayed until later in the year for medical reasons.

If you’re interested in joining a future BARB sky dive, with the support of a leading sky diving company, call Craig Dunbar at BARB on 07765 252451.

To support BARB, see the sky dive fundraising page here.


Subscribe to our free news updates and join our other subscribers.
No spam, we promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without your permission. View our privacy page