December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
A Beccles-based parachuting centre is gearing up to break the world record for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours.
The current record stands at 177 skydives and UK Parachuting, based at Beccles Airfield, has already got 178 people signed up for the challenge, with the hope of recruiting even more to smash the record.
The attempt will take place on Saturday, September 28, and organisers are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charitable causes, with each skydiver fund-raising for their own chosen charity.
Jason Thompson, joint owner of the company, said: “Although we are a commercial organisation, we recognise that many people who skydive often jump for charity so we have come together with leading charities in an attempt to break the current record.
“More and more people are looking for experiences of a lifetime and if they can combine this with raising money for charity they are even more enthusiastic and committed.” The record attempt will start when the sun comes up at about 7am and two planes will be used to transport jumpers up 13,000ft in groups throughout the day.
Jude Pontais, marketing spokesman for UK Parachuting, said: “It’s all about raising money for charity and raising awareness for the people that are doing the skydives to encourage people to donate a little bit more.
“There is so much buzz about it, and the response has been phenomenal.
“Everyone at work is really excited about doing it and it will be a great thing for Beccles if we break the record because it will make people feel good.
“Skydiving really is the most incredible thing you can imagine doing and there will be the added excitement for people because they will be part of a world record.”
Each skydiver will be harnessed to an instructor and will freefall for about 45 seconds at a speed of 120mph. At about 6,000ft the instructor will open the parachute and in about six minutes the jumpers will have their feet firmly back on the ground. But if jumping out of a plane is not your thing, there will be stalls, a fun fair, family entertainment and food and drink.
Anyone who would like to take part in the record attempt should call Mrs Pontais on 01502 476112. A tandem skydive costs £230, however if you sign up in a team, the price is reduced.