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Bacton’s Peter Barrett does skydive in thanks for step-father’s double lung transplant 15 years on

PUBLISHED: 10:06 03 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 03 November 2017

Peter Barrett from Bacton completed a skydive in aid of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Picture: Courtesy of Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett from Bacton completed a skydive in aid of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Picture: Courtesy of Peter Barrett

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It has been 15 years since Peter Barrett’s step-father underwent a double lung transplant at Harefield Hospital.

Peter Barrett, from Bacton, and family fundraising for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Top row, from left, sister Rachael Styles, Peter Barrett, his partner Sarah Laney, front row, his mother Janice Prowse, step-father John Prowse, and Ms Laney's mother, Nanette Cooper. Picture: Courtesy of Peter Barrett Peter Barrett, from Bacton, and family fundraising for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Top row, from left, sister Rachael Styles, Peter Barrett, his partner Sarah Laney, front row, his mother Janice Prowse, step-father John Prowse, and Ms Laney's mother, Nanette Cooper. Picture: Courtesy of Peter Barrett

And now 50-year-old Mr Barrett has jumped out of a plane to raise money for the hospital’s charity in appreciation of the excellent job the medical team did for John Prowse, who continues to enjoy life today.

Mr Barrett, manager of the Red House Chalet and Caravan Park in Bacton, raised £1,750 in sponsorship for the jump at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent, and at a charity night at the Red House. He said the jump was “pure exhilaration”.

Mr Barrett said: “Once out of the aircraft the free fall lasts for about 40-50 seconds and then once parachute is deployed you spend about four minutes just floating around looking at the world below. It is an experience where words really do not do justice.”

Proceeds are to go to the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity.

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