On the 21st of June, 281 skydivers took the jump through Skydive UK to set a new Guinness World Record for the most tandem parachute jumps at a single venue in 24 hours. A dozen of those participants leapt from great heights for Devon Air Ambulance Trust. The clear sunny weather was ideal, and the longest day of the calendar year set the stage for this shattering number of participants to achieve greatness.
From 5am through sunset, Dunkeswell Airfield was filled with people heading into the sky and coming back down, all with family and friends cheering them on. Linda Bulpin, Charity Coordinator for Skydive UK, said, “Amazing thing is that most people who participated in the world record raised money for charity”.
The participants who chose to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, all had their own reasons their support. Will Thornton wanted to give back to the Charity he had seen in action. “I chose to support DAAT because I’ve seen how the helicopters save people in areas that no one else can get to and therefore wanted to help keep the helicopters in the sky”.
Nathan Hutchinson (pictured) was thankful for all those who helped him support the Charity and allowed him to have the experience of a lifetime. “The feeling was indescribable; the rush of air in my ears and eyes was incredible. I was speechless, it was a feeling like no other and I loved every minute of it. I am thankful to everyone who sponsored me and helped me raise roughly £600 for DAAT”.
It’s truly remarkable that individuals who had such an intimate personal experience achieving a skydive, would share their journey to give back to the community. Caroline Creer, Director of Fundraising at Devon Air Ambulance Trust, “We would like to congratulate the participants of the World Record Skydive on their achievement; we are endlessly grateful to those who jumped for the Charity, and used their accomplishment to give back in a big way”.