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UK parachuting centre attempts world record
UK Parachuting based in Beccles, Suffolk, is attempting to break the world record for the most tandem
skydives in a 24 hour period. The huge charity event is to be held at the companyís Suffolk drop zone on
Saturday 28th September this year.
Jason Thompson, joint owner or the company said, "Although we are a commercial organisation, we
recognise that many people who wish to skydive do so whilst raising funds for charity. We have come
together on this day to offer both local and national charities the opportunity to raise funds and
awareness for their cause and what better way than by breaking a skydiving world record."
The company, established in 1986 now has two drop zones, one near Peterborough and the other close
to Norwich. It grown every year since moving from its original Ipswich location and the two centres
currently provided over 7000 tandem skydives for anyone 16 and above. Indeed, one brave passenger
"More and more people are looking for lifetime experiences and if they can combine this with raising
money for charity they are even more enthusiastic and committed", Thompson commented. "Currently
around 50-60% of those having a tandem skydive at our centres choose to do it for their nominated
charity which is amazing. We therefore decided for this one day to concentrate all our efforts on
charitable causes. How hard can it be to make sure the record stays in the UK?", he said.
"Many people who first enquire are a little anxious to say the least.", said Jude Pontais, the company's
Charity Co-ordinator, "After all, opening the door of an airplane at over two miles above the ground,
jumping out into thin air and then falling at over 120 miles per hour is not exactly a natural thing to do
for most people!", she suggested. "Although it is one of those things many people say they want to do
in their life, they often find reasons not to do it at the time. As an added incentive we want those people
to jump for charity and to overcome their fear by doing it for others as well as themselves. Last year the
company helped raise over £350,000 for charities from the large well know organisations to the very
small. To do this and to smash the world record would be a great achievement for all those involved.",
The event which starts 'very early' on the 28th of September will be running for the whole day and as
well as participants, spectators are also encouraged to attend.
It will be a day to remember for all the family. Other entertainments and catering will be available on