Free falling

As you will know, I had arranged to undertake a skydive in order to raise money for the Rutland Osprey Project’s educational work in Africa. Well, last week I did it! It was an absolutely incredible experience!

I arrived at the airfield early and signed in, and was introduced to my tandem instructor, Dave Morris. Another charity skydiver was jumping along with me, and we were efficiently taken through a safety briefing and an explanation of what would happen and what we were to do. I was then kitted out in a jumpsuit and harness, and we made our way to the plane.

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As the plane took off and we soared slowly up to 12,000 feet, the nerves kicked in a bit, and my heart rate increased. The nerves were superceded, though, by the excitement and anticipation! We reached our target altitude, and the plane slowed and straightened. Then the door opened, and it was goggles on, shuffle to the exit and swing my legs out of the plane door. The view was incredible!

We were perched in the doorway for a matter of seconds, then all of a sudden we’d gone! The wind was in my face and the plane and my stomach were left far behind, as we plummeted downwards. What a fantastic feeling – so exhilarating! 45 seconds later Dave released the parachute, pulling us upwards as the wind whipped through the canopy. Then it was a steady sail down back towards the airfield, after Dave let me have a go at steering!

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I would like to thank British Parachute Schools for this fantastic fundraising opportunity. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Dave, for being such an excellent instructor. Thank you also to my parents and Paul Stammers for coming along to support me, and to Paul for all of these photographs!

Finally, many thanks to everyone who has sponsored me – so far we have raised just over £1,000, which is amazing! You can still sponsor me by clicking here!




One response to “Free falling”

  1. Alice Dovell

    Very well done to you Kayleigh 🙂 In the first photo you looked like a lamb unto the slaughter LOL! You are very brave and i felt sick at your description of sitting on the edge of the open door. You will now have experienced the views our ospreys enjoy 🙂