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The ultimate adrenaline encounter

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Bessie and Di Baker, Julie Cooper and Yvonne Tizzard with skydive certificates

Mother and daughter Di and Bessie Baker took part in a sponsored skydive along with friends Julie and Yvonne to raise funds to help people with MS.

Here Di tells us about her jump and how a setback on the day almost meant she had to call it off.


On 15 June 2015 I awoke to a beautiful blue sky with small cotton wool clouds. During the 90 minute journey to Langar airfield, bubbles of trepidation built inside me.

Once on site, training with my tandem instructor Dave commenced and we practiced what we needed to do during the skydive. I was then told I probably wouldn't be able to do it because of my limited leg movement. Fear went out of the window and determination kicked in.

Thirty minutes later, after much pleading, we're sitting on the floor of a small plane, going higher and higher, looking at the Norfolk coastline. The begging worked. Sitting on the edge of the plane over two miles up, looking at the patchwork fields below is totally AMAZING!

Then we’re falling at 120mph but still seem to be just floating for a breathtaking 45 seconds. The chute flies up above us, then we drift and circle, at one point doing a spiral fall. I'm speechless with the terrific spectacle before me. After two minutes we come in to land and I manage, thanks to Dave's excellent 39 years’ experience, to land upright on my feet.

If my brief account inspires you to give it a go and raise money for a charity close to your heart, DO IT! It's the ultimate adrenaline encounter.

Bessie and I would like to say a huge thank you for the all the support and sponsorship from friends old and new. We're pleased to say that we raised just shy of £1,500 for MS Trust!

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