On Saturday 17th August 2013, I did a tandem skydive at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent in memory of my daughter Emma.
I cannot say that it was a lifelong ambition – quite the opposite really – but I wanted to do something that took me out of my comfort zone and I most certainly achieved that. Plus it was a perfect way to celebrate my 50th birthday and raise funds for CRY.
I arrived at the airfield at 8.00am on a cloudy morning, feeling extremely nervous and wondering if I had actually lost my mind as it dawned on me what I was about to do. After registration we had our jump briefing. I then had to wait for what felt like an eternity to be called for my turn and watch about 3 flights of people go up and do their jumps. At this point I wanted to run.
Finally, at around 12pm, I boarded the plane with my Instructor and then took off. In a short space of time we climbed to 13,000ft. I was now feeling very sick.
Five minutes or so later and after a very smooth landing I was very relieved to be back safely on the ground. It was an incredible experience which I will never forget and I am very glad I did it, although I do not think I will repeat it. I will, however, be back next year with another fundraising challenge to raise more money for CRY.
The total amount raised for CRY was £630. The day is going to be one that I will remember forever and I feel that I did not only myself proud, but Emma too.