Last month five members of Berks & Bucks FA took on the challenge to jump out of a plane at 13,000 feet to raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

For 42 seconds they fell at speeds of up to 145mph before the parachute opened and for the remaining 3.5 minutes could “enjoy” the scenery before negotiating the landing. The team have raised over £1,250 and there is still time to sponsor them on their Just Giving page.

Liz Verrall – CEO of Berks & Berks FA, commented on the challenge; “I had a real sense of relief as Ash, Arun, Chris, Lewis and Liz all landed safely on the ground. Having the courage to jump out of a plane at 13,000 is something to be proud of, and to raise over £1000 in the process is an amazing achievement.”

The reaction of the team was a little mixed upon landing:

“A surreal and exhilarating experience, I would definitely jump again!” Ashley March

“An unforgettable experience, it’s the closest you can get to actually flying. I could do it over and over again.” Arun White

“Amazing experience, if I could have got straight back in the plane to do it again I would have! Loved it!” Chris Cole

“It was an amazing experience and it was great to be involved in raising money for such a great cause” Lewis Dancer

“A memorable experience that took me to my panic zone before & during the jump – learnt lots, no regrets but won’t be embarking on the jump again” Liz Pill

Watch the skydiving experience


We want to say a massive thank you to Berks & Bucks FA for fundraising for us - your support keeps us flying. If you have been inspired to take the jump then please contact Kate Martin.