Red Devil dare devil jump raises thousands for Help for Heroes
ELY’S Bron Madson helped raised more than �3,500 by taking part in a stomach-churning sky dive with some of the hardiest professionals in the business, the Red Devils.
Despite wind and rain putting paid to one jump at the last minute, Bron, 46, was able to gather herself once again two days later the complete the fund-raising feat, leaping out of plane from thousands of feet strapped to a veteran of hundreds of daring jumps.
Speaking to the Ely Standard, Bron, of Briar Grove, said: “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was determined to make the most of it, but I have to admit jumping out of a plane is not natural!
“The adrenaline rush you get from jumping is very hard to describe, it is totally exhilarating but also more than a little scary at the same time.”
Bron completed the jump as part of a national fundraising campaign backed by Prince Harry and David Cameron, all the proceeds going towards Destination Dubai 2012 (DD2012) - a 6000-mile motorbike ride from here to Dubai by three former soldiers in aid of the military charity.
Bron, a former Mildenhall Upper School pupil, made the jump at the Red Devil’s training ground near Nottingham and was joined by the wives of two of the DD2012 team and one of the biker’s daughters.
Three former soldiers - with 50 years are army experience between them - will spend two weeks camping their way to Dubai during the ride, finishing at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
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DD2012 team leader Geoff Warren said: “I am really proud of the women for doing this sky dive – it takes a lot of guts to jump out of a plane even if you are strapped to one of the world’s best paratroopers.”
The challenge was launched by The Sun newspaper, who are covering the costs of the skydive so every penny raised can go to Help For Heroes.