Care for Veterans charity tandem skydive sees group of 17 to 85 go above and beyond

Nine adventurous fundraisers took to the skies at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire on August 6 and raised more than £5,000 for Boundary Road Hospital.

The ages of the group ranged from 17 to 85 and they went beyond that, braving a drop of 14,000 feet, from the usual altitude of 10,000 feet for skydiving.

Brian Pate, the eldest participant, single-handedly raised over £1,000. He said: “It was beautiful, very enjoyable. I’ve done three skydives already. I’m 85 and plan to do another one when I’m 90.”

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Jordan Gledhill, who competed with Justina Miksaite and Reece Redman, said: “It was an amazing experience that was made better by doing it for a great charity.”

Brian Pate, 85, the oldest participating parachutist, with his military instructor from the Army Parachute Association

Rebecca Nicholas and Megan Rogerson said they felt “good and a bit nervous” beforehand, but they knew they were in good hands.

The money raised will be used to support the care and rehabilitation of disabled former soldiers.

The next big fundraising event for Care for Veterans is the Worthing 10k on Sunday October 9th. Visit for more information or call 01903 218444.

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