Skydiver left grounded ahead of charity jump

Craig Mills will now take part in the charity skydive this Wednesday, after low clouds forced its postponement.
Craig Mills will now take part in the charity skydive this Wednesday, after low clouds forced its postponement.
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A skydiver had the wind taken out of his sails as low clouds left him grounded ahead of a charity jump.

Craig Mills, from Downhill, Sunderland, was due to do a parachute jump from 15,000ft on Wednesday at Shotton Airfield.

I was gutted, because I was so looking forward to it

Craig Mills

However after preparing himself for the challenge, he was left deflated when he was told shortly before he was due to jump that it would have to be rearranged due to the weather.

Craig’s challenge was to raise funds for Rays of Sunshine children’s charity, which aims to grant the wishes of and organise events for those aged between three and 18 who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

His daughter, Alisha, was told she had a brain tumour at the age of five, and went on to have 18 months of chemotherapy.

The family was whisked off by the charity to Disneyland Paris, and Craig wanted to give something back.

Having raised £806 so far, he is now due to take part in the jump on Wednesday after the cancellation left him “gutted”.

He said: “I was really excited about it, and had psyched myself up for it.

“I was gutted, because I was so looking forward to it, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

“I’m just hoping it doesn’t happen again.

“I’ve been delighted with the figure raised so far, as I just want to give something back to the charity for what they did for us.

“I’ll continue to try to raise funds for them after the jump.”

Those who would like to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/craig-mills5