Skydivers raise thousands for Worthing veterans’ charity

A GROUP of amateur adventurers undertook a military parachute jump, jumping thousands of feet higher than the standard exit height.

Nine brave beginners jumped from 14,000 feet for tandem skydives that lasted almost a minute and reached speeds of 120 miles per hour.

The youngest member of the group was 17, while Brian Pate, 85, took to the skies on his third skydive – and has plenty more in the tank.

“It was beautiful, very enjoyable,” he said.

The Argus: Brian after his last skydiveBrian after his last skydive

“I’ve done three skydives now. I’m 85 and planning to do another one when I’m 90.”

The event raised £5,000 for the Care For Veterans charity in Worthing.

It was governed by the Army Parachute Association, which adheres to “the exceptionally high safety standards of the British Army as well as those of British parachuting”.

Among the daredevils was Jordan Gledhill, who was thrilled to have been a part of “such a great cause”.

The Argus: Jordan, Justina and Reece, rightJordan, Justina and Reece, right

“It was an incredible experience,” he said.

Care For Veterans does not receive regular government funding and therefore relies on public fundraising to care for those who have served in the armed forces. Skydivers raise thousands for Worthing veterans’ charity

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