Vicar’s leap of faith to raise funds for Blofield Church
15:36 21 August 2012
He is used to climbing church towers, but this week a vicar will face a challenge which takes him to new heights when he takes part in a skydive.
The Rev Paul Cubitt and his son, Oliver, 16, will each take part in an tandem skydive at Beccles Airfield on Friday.
Mr Cubitt said: “Our church warden, Sue Shillam, had the idea and wrote on my Facebook wall. By the time I had seen it, my son had said that he would do it as well so I couldn’t say no really.
“I was stitched up – I had no choice but to say I was up for it. I am going to wear my dog collar when I jump.”
All donations will help pay for repair work to Blofield Church.
Earlier in the year, English Heritage granted £99,000 to the church to pay for work, but when it was inspected, more problems were found. The church now needs to raise around £40,000.
Mr Cubitt, who lives with his wife, Clare, in Oakwood, Blofield, anticipates the repair work will begin next spring.
The father-of-two said: “Part of my nature is to give anything a go.
“I go up and down church towers on a regular basis and I don’t particularly like looking over the edge.
“I am sure that after the jump, I will think it was brilliant . Oli is really looking forward to it. ”
Oliver, 16, who collects his GCSE results from Thorpe St Andrew School on Thursday, hopes to study A-levels at The Norwich School in September.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/paul-cubitt