Red Devil dare devil jump to raise money for military charity
HURLING yourself out of a plane Lord-knows-how-many feet from the ground is one thing, but doing it with some of the hardiest professionals in the business, the Red Devils, is another.
But this is what Ely’s Bron Madson will be doing to raise money for Help For Heroes.
As part of a national fundraising campaign backed by Prince Harry and David Cameron, all the proceeds from Bron’s jump will go 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, 46 and a former Mildenhall Upper School pupil, will make the jump on July 3 at the Red Devil’s training ground near Nottingham.
“Skydiving is one of those things I have always thought I would like to do but I’ve never been able to overcome my nerves,” she said.
“Doing a tandem jump with the Red Devils does make me feel a bit safer but the real incentive is knowing that all the money raised will help wounded service personnel and their families.”
She will be doing the jump with the wives of two of the DD2012 team and one of the biker’s daughters.
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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.
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.