Students from a school in Lowestoft take part in memorable skydive experience
PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 June 2015
The organiser of a charity skydive, which involved a number of school children and staff, has described the event as “simply amazing” and “truly humbling”.
Kim Armon put together the event for the year 11 students at Benjamin Britten High School- which prides itself on raising money for local charities.
On Saturday, June 6, students and staff assembled at Ellough Airfield, run by UK Parachuting, where the brave sky divers climbed in a small plane to 10,000 feet before jumping and freefalling for 40 seconds at 120mph.
Miss Armon said: “The atmosphere at Ellough Airfield was truly humbling. I never would have thought so many of our students and staff would have been up for such a daring activity, but I think it just proves what dedicated, enthusiastic and kind-hearted people we have at the school.
“I would like to say a special thank you to all those people that supported this event, whether it be the family of the sky divers, the people that sponsored our brave staff and students or the spectators. At the moment, we are looking to have collected around the £4000 mark which is absolutely amazing.”
Anna Stanley, Learning Resources Manager at the school added: “The whole atmosphere of the day made me feel incredibly honoured to be a part of this school and privileged to share this experience with such awesome students and staff. The instructors were so funny, I felt at ease right away. The plane ride itself was pretty spectacular; being able to see the whole of Waveney from 10,000 feet is a beautiful image. I can’t wait to do it again.”
The School is divided up into four Houses; Neptune, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. Each of these Houses decided their designated charity at the beginning of the school year so that fundraising events could take place immediately.
Neptune House chose the Beach Radio’s Help an East Coast Child (HAECC), Mercury House picked East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Saturn House chose Top Cats and Jupiter House decided on Team Addie.
Harley Nunn, a student who took part in the skydive said: “During the weeks before the jump, I felt really nervous. As soon as we arranged our group, I felt at ease. I was about to jump with my friends. As soon as the aeroplane shutter opened, my guts dropped but within seconds, I was out of that plane and flying in the air. It felt spectacular, but really cold.”
Linus Lambert, a fellow year 11 student added: “I was really excited but nervous going up in the plane. As soon as I jumped out of the plane, it felt amazing. I want to do it again.”
To see more pictures of the event click on the school’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BenjaminBrittenHighSchool.
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