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Students skydive for charity

Created on 24/04/2012 @ 18:29

Students and lecturers from Coleg Powys took to the skies literally recently when they parachuted for charity.

Two lecturers and 17 students from the Health and Social Care and Child Care students undertook the jump in aid of Cancer Research UK at The Parachute Centre  at Tilstock Airfield from 10,000ft.

On Saturday 24th March two Coleg Powys lecturers took seventeen Health and Social Care and Child Care students to The Parachute Centre at Tilstock Airfield to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet.

Bethanie Casey, aged 17, was first to jump, a born natural, followed by the rest of the crew over the course of a "fabulously, sunny afternoon" according to lecturer, Sarah Samuels.

The skydivers each free-fell for around 30 seconds, dropping at a speed of around 120mph, before parachuting to ground level.

The team are well on their way to raising £3,000, though hope to raise £5,000 when all donations have been collected. Later this month, a representative from Cancer Research UK will be at Coleg Powys to talk to students about their work and to receive the funds.

Lecturer Sarah Samuels said: “We did it! What an experience! I would like to thank the wonderful students and Fleur Grigg for their courage and determination shown. It was an incredibly emotional day and I am so hugely proud of them. The staff at Tilstock Airfield were amazing and I would like to thank them for their tireless efforts in supporting us through our countless queries. Finally, a massive thank you goes out to all who have sponsored us so far.”