Wow…what a weekend to remember! Myself and 3 of my team mates decided to tick something off our bucket list on Saturday, we skydived!
It was an early start – at 8.30am we met at the Skydive centre with big grins on our faces. We had our 30-minute safety briefing in a hanger. After that we sat anxiously in the café waiting for our names to be called out over the tannoy. Little did we know, we had a very long day ahead of us. The weather wasn’t suitable to jump so we had a lot of waiting around to do; however, we’d much prefer to wait knowing that it’s for our safety.
After about 6 hours of waiting, our names were called out over the tannoy! We all jumped up full of excitement, the time had finally arrived! We got our jumpsuits on and met our instructors. My instructor, Billy, made me feel at ease and ran through the process of the jump with me to keep it fresh in my mind.
We walked over to the plane and looked back to wave to our loved ones. It took about 20 minutes to get up to 10,000 feet, during this time our instructors were securing themselves to us. My heart was racing, my whole life was in the hands of Billy and a parachute, what was I thinking?!
We all sat in the plane encouraging each other, keeping up the momentum, bring it on! My colleague Marcus jumped first, then Steve, myself and then Christine. Words cannot explain the feeling… hanging on the edge of the plane and looking down, you can’t comprehend how high above the ground you are. I sat on the edge of the plane, put my arms across my chest, my legs back and looked to the left to smile at the camera… then that’s it. I’m falling!!!
Travelling at up to 120mph, the cold wind hitting my face, screaming at the top of my lungs, the adrenaline rush was insane. The parachute opened (thankfully), we then slowed down and enjoyed the views. Hovering over the ground like a bird, looking down and seeing the houses, roads, fields… it really was breath-taking.
As we got closer to the ground Billy reminded me how important it was to lift my legs up for the landing (avoiding breaking my legs!). After a safe landing, I was reunited with my team mates, we were all so proud and had so much energy from our adrenaline rush! What a truly unforgettable experience.
It’s a time of our lives that we will never forget and an achievement of not only ticking it off our bucket list but knowing that the money is going towards such an incredible charity. Help for Heroes is a charity very close to our hearts, our armed forces do such a brilliant job and indeed many of our Health and Safety consultants are ex-serviceman. We’d like to thank everyone who donated, it means so much to us and to our heroes. Don’t worry if you haven’t had chance to donate yet, you still can via our JustGiving page.