Not content with dangling from a rope hundreds of feet above Blackpool, veteran fund-raiser Martin James is about to throw himself out of a perfectly good aeroplane!
The adventurous 76-year-old last year raised £3,600 by abseiling off the Big One rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and another £1,300 by repeating the stunt this year. Now he is looking to raise even more for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity by taking on a sponsored parachute jump next month.
Martin, of Grindleton, takes up the story: “It was June 1941 when, as four-year-old, Uncle Len took me fishing; I caught seven small rudd from a clay pit close to the Alpha cement works on Cliff Marshes in Kent as Spitfires and Hurricanes tried shooting down the German bombers and fighters. A few weeks later my favourite uncle, a sergeant sniper in the Royal West Kent regiment, died in the sands of North Africa fighting Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the battle for El Alamein.
“On Monday August 25th at Netheravon Airfield, Wiltshire, coming up to my 77th birthday I will be throwing myself out of a plane over Salisbury Plain at 13,000 feet for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to raise money for a very important cause.
“The Soldiers’ Charity has been the Army’s national charity since 1944 and provides assistance to our men and women in uniform who put everything on the line to defend us and our country. They’re there for them with a lifetime of support whether they are serving soldiers or veterans.”
Martin is hoping that once again people in the Ribble Valley and farther afield will support his fundraising effort. Peldges can be made online at: https://secure.soldierscharity.org/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=464417&langPref=en-CA