River Waveney Trust founder takes giant leap for Geldeston Lock renovation project

Geoff Doggett celebrates completing a sky dive for the Geldeston Lock appeal. Picture: Courtesy of G

Geoff Doggett celebrates completing a sky dive for the Geldeston Lock appeal. Picture: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett - Credit: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett

The founder of an environmental group fighting to protect the River Waveney took a giant leap to support his cause - out of a plane.

Geoff Dogget during his sky dive for the Geldeston Lock appeal. Picture: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett

Geoff Dogget during his sky dive for the Geldeston Lock appeal. Picture: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett - Credit: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett

Geoff Doggett, 71, is a founding trustee of the River Waveney Trust, who currently are working to restore the historic Geldeston Lock chamber.

As part of fundraising for the project, Mr Doggett took part in a charity skydive at Ellough Airfield, fulfilling a lifelong ambition in the process.

He said: 'Apprehension to adrenaline and the experience when leaving the plane was quite thrilling.

'I wasn't exactly helped by the temperature at -24 degrees up there, but I had fantastic views of Becles and the Waveney Valley on a glorious sunny and clear morning.'

Geoff Doggett following his sky dive for Geldeston Lock. Picture: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett

Geoff Doggett following his sky dive for Geldeston Lock. Picture: Courtesy of Geoff Doggett - Credit: Geoff Doggett


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Through sponsors and donations, Mr Doggett raised more than £4,000 towards the Geldeston Lock campaign, meaning the Trust has now raised more than £7,000 towards its £15,000 target.

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