For a man with a chronic fear of heights, it was as much to his own surprise as anyone else’s that Mark Power volunteered to undertake a 10,000ft tandem skydive in aid of the Huntington’s Disease Association.
Originally, it was Mark’s daughter Jenny that made the undertaking, but after two cancelled attempts due to bad weather, she discovered she was pregnant and - for obvious reasons - couldn’t continue.
Jenny had already secured a considerable amount of sponsorship through her JustGiving page (over £600), which she felt couldn’t be justified if no-one actually did the dive. Without giving it much thought (as usual), Mark stepped up and offered to do the jump on Jenny’s behalf.
As well as doing the actual jump, Mark was also able to use his contacts to add a little more to the final amount donated to the charity, with the club also giving the
unallocated charity donation from 2013 to the cause, making the grand total £1,136.92, which - according to an email received from JustGiving - puts it in the top 5% of all their pages for 2015. The JustGiving page is now closed.
The YouTube video to the right was taken during the actual jump, taken on a day with perfect weather for such activities.