Southwold and Reydon firefighters’ charity skydive success

Reason and Southwold Firefighters are getting ready to do a charity skydive.Pictured are Carl Bedfor

Reason and Southwold Firefighters are getting ready to do a charity skydive.Pictured are Carl Bedford-Cuffe, Ryan Woodcraft, Daniel Ripken, Jem Hunt, Hayley Cuffe and Ollie Kent. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A group of firefighters took the plunge to raise money for charity.

The Southwold firefighters prepare for the skydive. From left to right are Daniel Ripken, Carl Bedfo

The Southwold firefighters prepare for the skydive. From left to right are Daniel Ripken, Carl Bedfoed-Cuffe, Hayley Cuffe, Chris Fitzgerald, Ryan Woodcraft, Ollie Kent and Jem Hunt. - Credit: Archant

Six members of Southwold and Reydon Fire Station completed a daring skydive in a bid to raise £2,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Reason and Southwold Firefighters are getting ready to do a charity skydive.Pictured are Carl Bedfor

Reason and Southwold Firefighters are getting ready to do a charity skydive.Pictured are Carl Bedford-Cuffe, Ryan Woodcraft, Daniel Ripken, Jem Hunt, Hayley Cuffe and Ollie Kent. - Credit: Nick Butcher

It was perfect weather as the group went up in a plane at Ellough Airfield, Beccles, to take the leap - with some not even showing a shred of nerves.

Carl Bedford-Cuffe, one of the firefighters taking part, said: 'I wasn't nervous at all - I couldn't believe it.

'I thought once I got up there that it would hit me but all I thought was: 'Let's get on with it.' At the end, I said: 'Can we got up again?'


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'Everyone else was fine. There apprehensions beforehand for one or two but it was exhilarating - just unbelievable. It was almost a shame for the shutter to open!' he joked.

Mr Bedford-Cuffe said the idea for the event came about when the firefighters were discussing what they could do for charity.

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'We wanted to do something different this time and this was one of the ideas thrown in the pot,' he said.

'Someone came up with the idea and then another said yes, and then we said we'd all go for it.

'We just wanted to challenge ourselves really - it is something none of us have ever done before.

The Fire Fighters Charity provides support to firefighters when they are in need, whether it is with physical injuries, emotional problems or family issues.

Mr Bedford-Cuffe said: 'The charity is quite close to my heart, as my father was a firefighter for 23 years and they helped him when going through illness before he died.'

The team's JustGiving page shows the crew has raised £1,470.78 from the jump on Saturday, October 11 - but Mr Bedford-Cuffe said they also had cash from personal sponsorship which was likely to take them over their £2,000 target.

Others taking part included Daniel Ripken, Hayley Cuffe, Chris Fitzgerald, Ryan Woodcraft, Ollie Kent and Jem Hunt.

You can still donate to the firefighters by visiting www.justgiving.com/teams/Southwoldfirecrew

Are you doing something for charity? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525825 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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