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Eddie Prescott's Successful Sky Dive Raises £5,000 for Charity

Eddie was the Class of 1960 (making him the 1953 cohort) and here he tells us about his latest adventure - doing a sky dive from 12,000 ft:

“Everything went off well last week.  Following a period of less than average, very wet weather, the day opened dry and bright. The Skydive was on!

On arrival at Headcorn, I met my tandem instructor Simon, got into a flying suit, was equipped with a pair of goggles and was fitted with a harness to which Simon would attach himself. Clearly it was going to be a very cosy descent!

The event itself was going to be a family affair, with myself, my son Steve, and my granddaughter Sophie, and the thought crossed my mind, what happens if the aircraft taking us up to 12,000 feet has engine failure.

No problem of course, because we were up there to jump out anyway and the instructor was automatically equipped with a parachute.

What happens if the parachute doesn't open? No problem, he also has an emergency parachute.

During the training session, someone asked, what happens if the instructor passes out on the way down.

Unlikely, but anyway no problem since there is an altitude sensor in his pack that eventually activates the parachute.

So, eventually we all climbed into this single engined "crate", together with the photographers and also some qualified Skydivers who were going to jump out ahead of us. We were all crammed in so tight that it gave me the impression of being like the 6th British Airborne Division on its way to Normandy in 1944.

Finally we reached our prescribed height, and in turn made our way to the open door, where eventually I sat down on the edge and hung my feet outside.  I then leant back into the instructor and off we went at 120mph , tumbling and twisting in various directions before we eventually stabilised.

We were told that one of the problems as you leave the plane, is that people forget to breathe and we were told, either take a deep breath, or shout, or scream.

Sophie said she was screaming!

Personally, I don't remember having a problem about breathing so I must've been okay. I certainly didn't shout or scream!

I was told later the free fall lasted 47 seconds but to me, it went by in a flash and my impression was that it lasted no more than 10 seconds - most peculiar!

 As soon as the parachute opened, everything suddenly became very quiet and very calm, and at one stage the instructor said "let's head for that cloud over there", and as we went towards the cloud,  he said "that shadow is  something we are causing and if you look to the left there is a rainbow circle", and there was!

The whole thing reminded me of a line in the Second World War Airman’s' poem, which was written based on a fighter pilot's various ascents and descents  during a training session  high up in the sky, which goes " …And I reached out and touched the hand of God."

We drifted down serenely to the exact spot where the instructor told me we would land.


 Here's a group photograph which shows kneeling, my granddaughter Sophie, and next to her my son Steve, and then I'm in the middle
of two of the instructors who came down in tandem with us.

An amazing experience, further enhanced by the fact that sponsorship for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and Macmillan Nurses already amounted to  around £5000. "

Eddie Prescott, OJ from 1953-1960

Eddie and family, we are so impressed and what a fantastic sum to raise for such a good cause! We are thrilled you had such an incredible experience! Are you going to stop there or carry on your thrill-seeking adventures?! If you wish to retrospectively donate to this wonderful cause and give Eddie a pat on the back for such an achievement, please click on this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sophie-bolton4

If you have raised money for charity or had an extraordinary experience, please do let us know. Simply email Lucy Tipler at: ojcommunity@judd.kent.sch.uk 

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