Skydive raises more than £3,000 for Matthew Project drug and alcohol support charity

Sharon Hulbert, Naomi Bales and Diane West before the Matthew Project skydive. Sharon Hulbert, Naomi Bales and Diane West before the Matthew Project skydive.

Thursday, July 4, 2013
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Staff and supporters at a Norfolk drug and alcohol charity are set to raise more than £3,000 after a successful skydive.

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Sharon Hulbert during the Matthew Project skydive.Sharon Hulbert during the Matthew Project skydive.

Three staff and five friends of the Norwich-based Matthew Project took the leap into a cloudless sky from 13,000ft over Beccles.

One of them, media and fund-raising manager Sharon Hulbert from Dilham near North Walsham, said: “The nervy bit is just before you jump, but when I was out I didn’t like I was falling, just floating, then the jolt of a chute opening caught be by surprise.

“The view right over to the coast was fantastic. It was amazing.”

The Matthew Project supports people with drug and alcohol problems in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The other staff who took part were Naomi Bales, a recovery worker at the charity’s Junction service in Cromer and who runs a drop-in centre at Aylsham, and Diane West, a King’s Lynn-based administrator at the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, which the Matthew Project is part of.

The other jumpers were supporters Tom Cator, Vera da Cunha Borges, Andrew Partridge, Gemma Hammond and Kathy Grunnill. The skydive was organised by UK Parachuting.

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