Jodie’s Dunkeswell jump to aid brother’s charity trip to The Gambia

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:10 10 June 2015

Jodie Dawson with her brother Chris Jenkins. Jodie will be doing a skydive in aid of Honiton Fire Station's 'Fire Engine to Africa Challenge' appeal organised by Chris. Ref mhh 7697-23-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Jodie Dawson with her brother Chris Jenkins. Jodie will be doing a skydive in aid of Honiton Fire Station's 'Fire Engine to Africa Challenge' appeal organised by Chris. Ref mhh 7697-23-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A self-confessed adrenaline junkie is backing her brother’s cause to raise £40,000 for two charities.

Jodie Dawson will be sky diving from 15,000 feet in August for the Honiton fire station’s trip to Africa and CLIC Sergeant.

The mother-of-two is hoping to raise at least £395 before she takes the plunge at Dunkeswell Airfield on Saturday, August 15.

The excursion to Africa has been co-organised by her sibling Chris Jenkins, who hopes to deliver school supplies and give fire safety advice.

During the three-week trip from Plymouth to Banjul in The Gambia, the crew will drive the engine unaided more than 4,000 miles, driving on some of the country’s most challenging road conditions.

Firefighters will hand over the engine to the Gambia Fire and Rescue Service.

Jodie said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea. They are taking it out of their own time and going to Africa and then driving it to give it to people who desperately need it.”

The Honiton Fire Station is trying to reach its £40,000 target by December and will be donating to the Fire Fighters Charity and CLIC Sergeant.

Chris said: “It’s a very kind gesture by my sister, totally organised off her own back and I feel touched and privileged to have my immediate family supporting me and my colleagues.”

The 29-year-old said: “I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, but I am a bit nervous. I told my little girl that I was going to jump out of a plane and she asked me why. Now, when she sees a plane she says ‘Mummy, you’re going to jump out of that.’”

To donate to Jodie’s jump visit her page: http://www.skydiveukltd.com/skydive/charity/sponsor-a-friend/profile/?id=585


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