Students in Lowestoft prepare for charity skydive expedition

Students from Benjamin Britten High School will taking part in a charity parachute jump later this y

Students from Benjamin Britten High School will taking part in a charity parachute jump later this year. PICTURE: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet can be seen as an adrenaline-filled experience for participants.

But for the students and staff at Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft, the chance to freefall for 40 seconds – travelling at speeds of up to 120mph – has an added importance.

It is because they are raising money for two charities across the area – and hoping to beat last year's total of £5,000 in the process.

The year 11 students from the school in Blyford Road will be taking part in the skydive at Ellough Airfield, run by UK Parachuting, on Saturday, July 2.

Topcats, who offer support to young people and adults with additional needs from the age of five to 30 and the Leah Wilby Foundation, who support young people suffering from childhood cancer, will both benefit from the daring charity jump.

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A total of 25 students will be taking part in the skydive, along with two members of staff – Mrs Palmer and Miss Brereton.

The challenging deed has been organised by the head of year 10, Kim Palmer, with the students each aiming to raise £300.

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'Last year's skydive was absolutely amazing so I am really excited for this to be happening again,' Mrs Palmer said.

'I am over the moon at how this event has taken off in the way that is has.

'I never would have thought so many of our students and staff would have been up for such a daring activity again, but I think it just proves what dedicated, enthusiastic and kind-hearted people we have at the school.'

For more information and to follow progress of the charity skydive, visit the school's Facebook page –

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