On an unexpectedly sunny Saturday morning in September in a quiet corner of Oxfordshire, Joanne Pendleton (ABS) took the plunge as part of a tandem skydiving team. The fundraising event was organised by former Aston University colleague Megan Jones and her husband Tim. 17 brave colleagues and friends took part in a series of tandem skydives, each participant spending approximately a minute in freefall from 12,000 feet.
The dropzone shares its activities with the Joint Armed Services at RAF Weston-on-the-Green, and the team were surprised by a break in proceedings at midday when a military Hercules aircraft appeared, to make several passes over the airfield for practice jumps by TA trainees!
Joanne said that ‘the most memorable part of the whole day was the exhilaration of the freefall experience and the overwhelming support friends and family who contributed to the fund-raising with open hearts and open wallets!’
So far, the team is estimated to have raised over £8,000 with funds still coming in, all in aid of the charity ‘Help for Heroes’, which supports wounded servicemen and women, as well as raising awareness for all of the British Armed Forces.
Donations can still be made on the joint team page at www.justgiving.com/Tim-and-Megan-Jones , for anyone who still wants to get involved.