Fundraisers skydive in memory of Stradbroke soldier

Family and friends jumped out of a plane at 12,000ft yesterday for a charity skydive in memory of a young Royal Anglian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Ten brave fundraisers took part in the event, which aims to raise �5,000 for Help for Heroes and the James Grigg Youth Cricket Trust.

The skydive comes a year after Private James Grigg, 21, of Stradbroke, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan with colleague Lance Corporal Scott Hardy whilst serving with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

His father, Michael, and sister, Victoria, took part in the tandem skydive with eight of Pte Grigg's friends at Ellough Airfield, near Beccles.

Mr Grigg said he was 'thoroughly pleased' that he had completed the event, which was close to the anniversary of his son's death.

'We all retired to the pub afterwards and had one or two glasses to settle our nerves and we were thinking of James and Scott and all those that have fallen. It has been a rough and tumble week, but people have been very supportive,' he said.

To sponsor them, visit www.bmycharity.com/Jamesgriggskydive