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81-Year-Old Errol's Skydive Mission: Complete!

Errol Skydive 2

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 10:56am 6th July 2016.

An 81-year-old from Thame has completed his 12,500 ft skydive.

Thame Rotary Club's President, Erroll Bateman did the dive yesterday.

The jump which involved a 45 second free fall, took place at the Old Sarum Airfield, organised by the Parachute Regiment's Free Fall Team, the famous Red Devils.

Erroll, 81, commented:

"Rotary Club of Thame's major charity this year is Red Kite Children's Centre, which, as many know, is threatened with closure, making life even more difficult for their 1,500 clients all of whom come from Thame and surrounding district."

Errol Skydive 1

Red Kite provides parenting programmes, "stay and play" sessions, family health services, plus much needed help for young mothers and many other like services. Erroll described their work as absolutely essential to the wider community in and around Thame.

Erroll added:

"The last free fall jump I did was in 1969, so before exiting the aircraft with my instructor LCpl Lee Crudgington, nerves were at high level! However, previous training clicked in, massively helped by Corporal Lee, which made the whole experience very exciting."

Should people wish to make a donation, they can do so via www.thame.rotary1090.org

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