4 Years Ago, I Jumped out of a Plane…

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope that you’ve all had a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚

On the 20th of October 2018, I jumped out of a plane at 12,000 feet on a Tandem Charity Skdyive for The Alzheimer’s Society. We’re going to be taking a look at the ‘My Skydive for Alzheimer’s’ story in today’s blog!

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4 years ago, I jumped out of a plane from 12,000 feet…

You read that right, on the 20th of October 2018, I did a Charity Tandem Skydive at Swansea Airport, raising over ยฃ900 for The Alzheimer’s Society!! Jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet high has got to be one of the scariest things that I have ever done, but it was also one of the most exciting things that I’ll ever experience.

Back in 2017/18, I was looking for a way to raise money for charity, but I just was not sure what to do. Throughout my life, I had already done my fair share of fun runs, charity swimmathons, danceathons, playing in a brass band & so much more – I wanted to try something different, something that pushed me out of my typical comfort zone.

So, I got to doing what most people do when they are looking for ideas, I searched the internet. I instantly saw thousands of different things that I could do to raise some money, but the one that really stood out to me was doing a skydive. I checked if there were any places near me in Swansea that did them, and lo and behold, I found that Skydive Swansea run them over at Swansea Airport.

After a couple of months of fundraising & raising awareness, the day came for my jump, and while I was absolutely terrified, I was also so ready to do it.

If you know me, you know that The Alzheimer’s Society are a cause that lie very close to my heart. My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s around 7-8 years ago, and if it wasn’t for the team at The Alzheimer’s Society, well, I don’t know how I would have gotten to terms with it all. They were so supportive & kind to me, it’s something that I will be eternally grateful for.

When I got in the plane on the day, the nerves instantly hit me, but I took a couple of seconds to close my eyes, remember why I was doing the jump & then I was okay – luckily, I was the 2nd person to jump, so I didn’t have to sit and watch all of the others go first, that would have been horrible ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

As soon as it came to my turn to jump, I shuffled over to the door of the plane & looked down. I don’t know what I was expecting at the time, but looking down to the ground from 12,000 feet high is an unusual feeling, to say the least! But, I am always a man of my word, and when I say that I am going to do something, I do it, so I jumped. Do you want to see how the Skydive went? Well, here’s the video for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

What a leap of faith it was – I couldn’t recommend doing a Skydive more, while it seems absolutely terrifying for the first 20 odd seconds, the fear quickly fades & you get to enjoy this mad expereince. I got to see so many outstanding views over Swansea, doing something that I’d always wanted to do, while raising money for a fantastic cause – you can’t really get better than that now can you?!

The questions arises now, when’s the next jump? I don’t know about you, but I’d love to go again, there’s something spo addicting about the whole thing!

If you would like to find out more about my Skydive for Alzheimer’s story, be sure to check out the linked blog ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for today’s blog, what do you think? Would you ever do a Skydive? What are the best ways that you’ve raised money for charity?

Would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading & I hope you have a lovely day!

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James Sweeney

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