Looking for an unusual Christmas present which will help a local charity? Look no further. You can buy a place on the Helen & Douglas House tandem skydive for just £100 and give this as a present to a friend or family member. All they need to do is raise £250 for Helen & Douglas House to help terminally ill children.
Sunday 31st March 2019 am
Registration fee £100 per person plus a fundraising target of £250
This is a great event for thrill-seekers and adrenaline lovers. You will need to pluck up your courage and jump out of an aircraft at 13,000 feet but it is all in aid of a good cause.
Take part in our tandem skydive which will provide you with an opportunity of a lifetime and get your pulse racing whilst raising money to help local terminally ill children like Max.
Why should you skydive for Helen & Douglas House?
Max is 11 years old and lives in Swindon with his Mum and Dad and sister Eva. Max has been coming to Helen & Douglas House for 5 years for respite care because he has end-stage renal failure and a mitochondrial disorder.
Claire Max’s Mum said ‘If we didn’t have Helen & Douglas House our lives would be much tougher and we wouldn’t have a rest. When we stay there we feel relieved because we know life will get a bit easier. We need these days to recharge to ensure we can give Max all the care he needs.’
‘Skydiving for Helen & Douglas House was the most incredible experience of my life, the moment my feet touched the ground I wanted to go back up and do it all over again and the best bit was that I raised over £300 for such a deserving charity.’ – Hannah Smart who jumped for Helen & Douglas House in 2018
After a short briefing, you will be ready to jump from 13,000 feet. Training is run throughout the morning and you will be strapped to the front of a tandem instructor who is there to control the skydive for you.
Once you leave the plane at 13,000 feet, you accelerate to 120 mph, covering each thousand feet in approximately five seconds. At 5,000 feet the Instructor will deploy the parachute which will then be controlled by both people until you land softly and gently some four minutes later.
Frequesnlty asked questions
1. What should I wear? You will be provided with a jumpsuit however it’s important that you wear plenty of layers to keep you warm. It’s better to wear lots of smaller layers as opposed to one big bulky layer (like a hoodie). Wear soft-soled shoes, trainers are a good example.
2. Will it be cold? Yes, the average air temperature at 13,000ft at this time of year will be been between -10 and -14. Please ensure you wear lots of layers and bring some gloves if you wish.
3. Can my friends and family come and watch? Yes absolutely! We encourage friends and family to come along and join us on the day.
5. What if the weather is bad? There are only three conditions that will cancel the jump: solid rain, solid low-level cloud or a wind speed above 20 knots per hour. We can work around everything else, if you are concerned about whether the jump will go ahead on the day please phone the skydiving centre who will be able to confirm for you – 01295 812300.
6. If I sign up with a friend, can we jump together? If you would like to be on the same flight as your friend it’s important that you arrive together. Training is done in groups of 12 so the first 12 people to arrive will be the first 12 people to jump. Flights are done in groups of 3-4 people after you have had your training.
7. How long will it take?
The whole event is expected to take half a day, we cannot guarantee the exact time of your skydive as it’s done on a first come first served basis. Each cycle takes roughly 20 minutes (15 minute flight, 40 second free fall and 3 minute parachute).