The sky’s the limit for Sunderland fundraisers

Supporters and participants at the Sunderland Coldstream Guards Association parachute fundraising event.
Supporters and participants at the Sunderland Coldstream Guards Association parachute fundraising event.
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Kind-hearted Wearsiders took the plunge to help former army personnel – raising about £3,000 in the process.

A mass tandem parachute jump from 15,000ft at Shotton Airfield, in Shotton Colliery, County Durham, saw 25 people take part in aid of the Sunderland Branch of the Coldstream Guards Association.

One of the tandem parachutists descends during the Sunderland Coldstream Guards Association fundraiser at Shotton Airfield.

One of the tandem parachutists descends during the Sunderland Coldstream Guards Association fundraiser at Shotton Airfield.

Among those who jumped were two veterans, but the majority of the participants were volunteers who simply wanted to lend a helping hand to the branch.

The registered charity helps veterans and servicemen from the Sunderland area, either to find a new job or career, or to recommend them for financial support if it is needed.

Chris Melville, the honorary secretary of the branch, said: “One of those who did it had never even been in an aeroplane before.

“There were a lot of extremely nervous people on the way up, but they all said they’d do if again afterwards.

“Everybody loved it, and it turned into an excellent day which everyone enjoyed.

“They were supposed to be jumping at 2.30pm, but the last jump ended up being at 7pm, because of the conditions.

“We raised about £3,000 for the charity, which we are absolutely over the moon about. The money will go a long way.

“Among the things we do are to help those who leave the forces find work, because it can leave a massive void for them.”