Saturday, 21 October 2017

Skydivers raise £4,500 for charity

STAFF at a Sonning Common café have completed a charity skydive.

STAFF at a Sonning Common café have completed a charity skydive.

Debbie Fleming, who owns Flemings in Wood Lane, and her staff, Sam Kelly-Smyth, Vhairi McCulloch and Sue Gyngell completed the jump at the London Parachute School, based at Chiltern Park Aerodrome in Ipsden.

The tandem jump involved freefalling from 10,000ft for 40 seconds before opening the parachute and floating to the ground for about five minutes.

The women, who all live in the village, raised about £4,500 for Cancer Research UK. Ms Fleming, who lives in Shiplake Bottom, called the experience “brilliant”.

She said: “It was an idea from the café manager Sam and a couple of the other girls wanted to do it as well plus Cancer Research is a worthwhile cause. We were all jump virgins.



“It was very professional. All the instructors we were paired with were superb and put us all at ease. They were normal and chatty and made sure we got down safely.

“I would not do it again but the other girls would. I got a bit travel sick on the way down but it was still a fantastic experience.”



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