Monday, 3 September 2012

Sky's the limit for daring Dermot

A Rochester barman is to jump out of a plane in a sponsored skydive in a bid to raise more than £2,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Dermot McGeary is more used to pulling pints at The Pier in Lower Upnor but will be relying on his tandem instructor to pull the rip cord when they bale out at 12,500ft.

He will undertake his challenge at Headcorn Airfield on September 15th almost a year after he first did a skydive there to conquer his fear of heights.

He will be in freefall at 120mph before his parachute opens at 6,000ft, giving him stunning views of the so-called Garden of England.

Dermot, 51, said: “It takes about 20 minutes to get up to 12,500ft but just six minutes to get back down. I don’t like heights, I’m all right going up, it’s just coming down but once that plane’s up there I’ll do it.

“The Air Ambulance is a worthwhile charity and every donation I receive will help keep it in the air. I told one of the bar staff what I was doing and she sponsored me £50 because it saved her sister.”

Dermot will celebrate his achievement that evening with a party at The Pier including a live band which he has paid for out of his own finds.

Each call-out of the helicopter costs about £2,500 so the sum Dermot aims to raise will help fund one potentially life-saving mission. To sponsor him call 07545 625628.

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