Catriona Taylor
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From Army Parachute Jumps in the 1950's, to a fundraising Jump in 2013

Catriona Taylor
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09 Aug 2013

Last month we shared the inspiring story of Ribble Valley Mayor Councillor's upcoming skydive.    

We’ve received the fantastic news that Richard Sherras, aged 79, has successful completed his sponsored tandem parachute skydive in aid of chosen charities, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA).

Richard completed the dive with instructor Lee Rhodes on Monday 29th July at the Black Knight Parachute Centre in Cockerham, Lancashire, and he’s shared his experience and pictures from the day with us.

“Although I’ve had previous parachuting experience, I haven’t jumped for nearly 60 years and never from a height of 10,000 feet. It felt very different being so high up & the experience lived up to my expectations.

"The instructors were great and really good at putting you at ease. They chatted and made jokes as we climbed to altitude and made the skydive really enjoyable. I hope we can raise as much money as possible for the charities.

"The Mayoress & I chose Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research because the Mayoress’s husband died of leukaemia and my wife and son both died of cancer.  We also chose SSAFA because my father did work for them for over 40 years after he left the RAF at the end of the war and it still does vitally important work.”

Many thanks for this fantastic support Richard! If you would like to support the Mayor’s fundraising, please don’t hesitate to get in touch contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 01200 414408, olwen.heap@ribblevalley.gov.uk.