Weston Hospicecare skydive for James

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 July 2015

James Mortimer completed a tandem skydive for Weston Hospicecare.

James Mortimer completed a tandem skydive for Weston Hospicecare.

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A WESTON man raised more than £500 for Weston Hospicecare by completing a ‘once in a lifetime’ 15,000ft tandem skydive.

James Mortimer took on the challenge earlier this month after bad weather hampered an earlier attempt at the adrenaline-fuelled activity.

He raised £550 for the charity, based in Thornbury Road in Uphill.

James said: “Skydiving was an excellent experience and something I would love to do again in the near future.

“I thought I would suffer from nerves during the day while I was waiting but I found the whole experience enjoyable.

“There were only a couple of times when I felt apprehensive but that was only while I was waiting and the safety brief put us all at ease.

“I would recommend skydiving to anyone who has not tried it, even if they are scared – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

James had originally signed up to the skydive as part of a group who were participating in Skydive UK’s Guinness World Record attempt at the most tandem skydives completed in 24 hours.

However, bad weather meant James’ group of nine could not complete their jumps on the assigned day, meaning the world record attempt failed.

The group still managed to raise a total of £4,249.18 for Weston Hospicecare, which is enough to pay for two days of its community nursing service.

To raise money for the hospice, contact 01934 423967 or click here.

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