Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Air Ambulance press officer takes the plunge

Photo: Air Ambulance press officer Jamie Cheshire pictured at the helicopter base at Marden

A press officer for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will be jumping of an aeroplane at 12,000ft in a tandem skydive for the life-saving charity.

Father-of-two Jamie Cheshire, from Polegate, will be celebrating his birthday by taking the plunge at Headcorn Airfield, in April.

The High Street resident will be joining a group of skydivers including staff at Howard Cundey chartered surveyors and estate agents who have again chosen the air ambulance as their Charity of the Year.

They are aiming to raise a total of £3,000 for the helicopter emergency medical service which relies almost entirely on public donations.

Jamie, 35, said: “We recently launched our night flying operation which we estimate will benefit a further 400 to 500 patients a year.

“This means we now have to raise an extra £1million a year, up from £5million to £6million, so fundraising events such as this are even more vital. I also ride a motorbike and I know how many bikers the helicopter is called to.”

Jamie has previously completed the Air Ambulance’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge – a 100-mile or 100km bike ride which this year takes place on September 28th.

He added: “I never used to have a fear of heights but now just climbing a ladder fills me with fear so I dread to think what a skydive will be like.”

* Jamie has so far raised £240 of his £500 target and can be sponsored at http://www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Cheshire1 where supporters can also donate by text.

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