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Charity fundraisers safely back down to earth

3 September 2014

A team from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is safely back on terra firma after taking part in a sponsored skydive to raise money for charity.

Charity fundraisers safely back down to earth

The team of nine, which included the Chief Fire Officer, completed the heart-stopping jump on Tuesday 2 September under the expert eye of the Red Devils.

The team were blessed with clear skies at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire and enjoyed the thrill of accelerating from 0 – 120mph in just 10 seconds. The freefall from 13,000feet lasted around 45 seconds, before the cord was pulled and the nine HFRS staff ‘enjoyed’ their five minute canopy ride back to the landing area – all while attached to one of the team’s experienced tandem instructors.

The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team ‘The Red Devils’ is the official parachute display team of both The Parachute Regiment (The Paras) and the British Army. They are pictured above with their jump partners from Humberside FRS.

The chosen charities are:

The Fire Fighters Charity
The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families to aid emotional recuperation and help those who have suffered injury, illness, stress or bereavement. Over the years, they have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals. It costs £9 million a year to keep the charity running and, with no government funding, they are completely reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of supporters.
To donate to this charity click here

St Andrews Children’s Hospice in Grimsby
For patients with a life-limiting illness, there comes a point when it is accepted that no cure is possible and care becomes palliative, ensuring that the patient is able to make the best of each day they have, and where quality is more important than quantity. The care delivered at St Andrew’s is different to that which people usually experience in hospital. In many ways, they turn the clinical model on its head, because their focus is on not only the physical, but also the emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families. The team at St Andrews acknowledge that the person who is the best judge of what those needs are is the patient themself.
To donate to this charity click here

The Afghan Trust
“Helping our Heroes Set up in 2007 as a registered charity to cater for the wounded and families of those killed in action during the Para’s first tour of duty in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Trust supports the wounded, their families and the families of those killed in action from all four of the Parachute Regiment’s battalions. (1 PARA, 2 PARA, 3 PARA and 4 PARA). The charity provides immediate and longer-term welfare assistance to complement or fill the gaps in welfare provided by the State and/or other charities.” To donate to this charity click here

The HFRS team, named the Fire Devils, is trying to raise as much money as they can for these three worthwhile charities. Hundreds of pounds have already been raised across the three charities, but if you are impressed by the Fire Devils achievement, you can still make a donation. Please select the charity of your choice (from above), click on the link where you will be taken to a secure sponsorship page hosted by ‘B my Charity’.

Your generosity is very much appreciated!