Air Cadet instructor, Warrant Officer Jim Taylor who took part in a sponsored SkyDive is now safely back on the ground but his bid to raise funds in aid of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice continues.
Jim spent 22 years in the Royal Air Force before joining the Royal Air Force Air Cadets as a uniformed instructor with 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron, and in all that time he had never considered jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft, that is until NOW!
Jim described his SkyDive as “A brilliant experience”. “It was one of the most exciting things I've ever done. Standing there at the edge of the aircraft at 10,000 feet with the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields through the clouds below. Then the moment of exhilaration as I leaned forward out of the doorway and let go – falling forward, diving down through the air, without the parachute deployed, freefalling for several thousand feet at over 120mph! Then everything suddenly changed as the canopy opened, peace and quiet replaced the rush of air as I began the tranquil parachute descent from a mile up in the air. I felt like an eagle, steering myself down to the drop zone below. Then the moment of relief as I was safely back on the ground having successfully accomplished both my first ever parachute jump at the same time as being able to help the Mary Ann Evans Hospice by raising over £650 to date, with even more pledged which should take it up to £800.”
The Mary Ann Evans Hospice is a local charity providing special care to local people in Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire who are living with a life limiting illness. The money raised by volunteers like Jim is a vital source of income which will help the Hospice to continue to treat patients and support their families.
Jim's SkyDive is over but the appeal is still open, so please take the time to visit Jim's JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Jim-Taylor-Skydive and help him raise even more in support of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
The photograph shows Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Corporal William Mott and Flight Sergeant Michael Hadley from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron as they strap Warrant Officer Jim Taylor into an ejector seat in an attempt to see just how high they can send him before he comes back down again. Apparently the cadets said it would be good freefall practice for him. Not quite the send-off Jim was expecting when he asked the cadets to support him in his quest to raise much needed money for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
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If you would like to know more about the activities and work of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice please visit their web-site at www.maryannevans.org.uk