Thursday, 30 August 2012

Heathfield firefighters reach for the sky!

A team of firefighters from Heathfield community fire station have taken part in a sponsored skydive and raised £1,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The event took place at Chiltern Aerodrome, just outside Reading, on Sunday 26th August and the team, which included Firefighter Jason Bessant, Firefighter Tom Backhouse, Firefighter Cameron Maxwell, Firefighter Matt Emery and Crew Manager Matt Wilsher along with his son Toby, all took part in a tandem style parachute jump.

The team were all accompanied by an instructor, and jumped out of the plane at a height of 12,000 feet. Luckily everyone landed roughly where they were supposed to with no reports of injuries!

Firefighter, Matt Emery said: “The team all did really well. It was a fantastic experience and I’d highly recommend it. We are all really pleased we were able to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity in the process.”

The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK's leading provider of services that enhance the quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families. Over the years, the charity has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.

It costs £9 million a year to keep the Charity running and with no government funding they are completely reliant on fundraising.

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