Carlton Colville woman’s parachute jump raises �3,600 for Help for Heroes in tribute to her husband
A Carlton Colville woman is feeling sky high after raising more than �3,600 in memory of her soldier husband.
Emma Callistan, 30, did a sponsored parachute jump over Ellough airfield to raise funds for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes in tribute to her husband Jason, who died in a motorcycle crash.
Known to friends as J, Sgt Jason Callistan, was killed in October 2010 at Hepworth, near Diss, as he was returning home from his Army barracks in Wimbush, Essex, on his Yamaha motorbike.
Jason was a bomb disposal expert and a sergeant in 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and had served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Emma, of Yarrow Drive, said she decided to do the tandem jump last month in aid of Help for Heroes, as she was aware of the vital role it played in helping injured servicemen and women.
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And she was delighted that her running total had topped �3,600, with donations still rolling in.
Emma said: 'As you can see I have done the parachute jump and enjoyed every minute of it!
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'It was such an amazing experience. However it was also quite sad, due to the reason behind it. In total I've raised a massive �3,667, although I am still collecting. The support I have had from everyone has been overwhelming and I know J would have been very proud. I received letters, cards and emails with heartwarming messages, wishing me all the very best for the jump.'
Emma said she was grateful to her friends, family, work colleagues and patients at Oasis Dental Care, and everyone else who had sponsored her.
She and Jason both grew up in the Lowestoft area and started going out with each other on New Year's Eve 1998. They married in 2008.
When Sgt Callistan died, he had been in the Royal Engineers for 12 years and was preparing to return to Afghanistan to continue his high-risk but vital work in support of British forces.