Ribble Valley Mayor (79) in 10,000ft sky dive

Richard Sherras in mid air

Richard Sherras in mid air

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Daredevil Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Richard Sherras, aged 79, gave himself the ultimate sky-high challenge in order to raise money for his nominated charities.

The Mayor decided to do a sponsored tandem parachute skydive in aid of his designated charities, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association.

Preparing to jump

Preparing to jump

He carried out the tandem skydive at the Black Knight Parachute Centre in Cockerham, Cumbria.

It was not his first experience of jumping from a plane, having completed his National Service in the 16 Independent Parachute Brigade.

The Mayor said: “Although I’ve had previous parachuting experience, I haven’t jumped for over 50 years and never from a height of 10,000 feet. It felt very different being so high up!”

He added that he felt the experience had lived up to his expectations.

“The instructors were great and really good at putting you at ease. They chatted and made jokes and I really enjoyed the skydive. I hope we can raise as much money as possible for the fantastic charities involved,” he said.

“I chose SSAFA to benefit because my father did work for them for over 40 years after he left the RAF at the end of the war.

“ I chose the leukaemia and lymphoma research charity because my Mayoress’s husband died of leukaemia and my wife and son both died of cancer.”

l To donate to the Mayor’s fundraising contact the mayor’s secretary on 01200 414408 or email: olwen.heap@ribblevalley.gov.uk