Thrill-seekers tempted by free charity skydive opportunity - The Coventry Observer

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Thrill-seekers tempted by free charity skydive opportunity

Shaun Reynolds 10th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THRILL-SEEKERS looking to fulfill a lifetime ambition of jumping out of a plane can now have their wish granted courtesy of a move by University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

The hospital’s charity is looking for adventurous fundraisers to embark on a fundraising skydive to help them raise the final £50,000 required to reach the target for the Coventry and Warwickshire Breast Cancer Unit Appeal.

Fundraisers will skydive for free if they raise £390 in sponsorship money whilst helping to save the lives of hundreds of local women.

The £400,000 appeal will fund a new breast cancer unit in Coventry – which will free up a breast screening mobile unit that will travel across Warwickshire and Solihull.

The cash raised will enable the breast screening service to reach 10,000 more women every year, allowing for quicker diagnosis and faster treatment.

Jumps are held at over 20 British Parachute Association approved airfields across the UK – and take place every weekend this year.

Melanie Shiel of UHCW Charity said: “Imagine the thrill of standing at the edge of an open aircraft doorway – the wind ringing in your ears your hearts racing and then letting go.

“The sky dive is an experience of a life time.”

Participants can choose from three types of jumps.

An accelerated free fall from 12,000 feet, a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet or a static line jump from 3,000 feet.

To receive an information pack, and for more information, call Melanie Shiel at UHCW Charity on 02476 966055.

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