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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Carlisle dad's skydive for children's charity

A 47-year-old father-of-four will take a massive leap of faith in order to raise almost £400 for charity later this month.

Rod Peart photo
Rod Peart

Rod Peart, a financial adviser from Newby East near Carlisle, is hoping to complete a tandem skydive in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity which aims to make life better for seriously ill children.

It is part of the Stobart Charity Skydive and will take place on Sunday, April 27, 10,000ft above an airfield near Lancaster.

Rod said he was doing it because he was lucky that all four of his children were fit and healthy and he wanted to give “something back”.

He first heard of the charity, which aims to use the money to double the number of its specialist nurses to 100, at a Stobart open day at Carlisle Airport last year. The charity had a stall at the event and he was interested in the work they do to help youngsters with serious and rare illnesses.

And when his four children – Ben, 13, Caitlin, 10, and eight-year-old twins Sam and Chantelle – heard about the fundraising skydive they were keen for him to take part.

He said: “They said to me ‘Dad we dare you to do this’. I was expecting to do it in Carlisle. So far I have got a few promises of sponsorship.”

There will be around 16 other brave volunteers taking part and all training will be carried out on the morning of the jump.

Rod estimated that he would reach speeds in excess of 120mph during his descent but said he was not worried by the prospect of free-falling towards the earth.

He said: “Training is all going to be done on the morning and we have to be there by 8am. The jump should be over by 2pm. I am not scared – you’ve just got to do it.

“I’ve never been skydiving before but I have zoomed in on Google Earth really fast.

“I’ve not done much charity work in the past but I am now at the stage where I want to give something back.”

In an email to Rod, a charity spokeswoman thanked him for his support, adding: “Your fundraising is so important to us and the more you raise means we are able to help make life better for more seriously ill children.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation should visit www.doitforcharity.com/RodP. To find out more about the charity visit www.roalddahl.com/charity.

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