Tash's Trip: Parachute jump

PUBLISHED: 12:31 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:47 20 April 2010

A FANTASTIC group of 16 people arrived at Dunkeswell Airfield last Friday to do a parachute jump for the Herald's Tash's Trip campaign.

A FANTASTIC group of 16 people arrived at Dunkeswell Airfield last Friday to do a parachute jump for the Herald's Tash's Trip campaign. Among the crowd was Tash's brother, Ashley, a group of retained firefighers, Herald reporter Angela Brennan, and Axminster shoe mender Terry Barker - infamous for his fear of heights. The jumpers arrived at 8am - with the Gould family turning up in a limousine, driven by Paul Christopher, of A Touch of Class Limousines. Heavy rains from the night before held off and the skydivers enjoyed a clear, but cold, day. Ashley, Terry and Simon Pike were among the first to jump. Tash's mum Claire said: "Today has been absolutely amazing from the moment we woke up. It's been full packed with a limousine drive and Tash taking a trip in the plane. I just feel I need to pinch myself. "The drive in the limo was total luxury. It was my first experience in a limo and it was great. And it's so overwhelming that everyone is doing the jump. I'm so touched that they all want to do it for Tash. The kindness and generosity of everybody has been overwhelming." While she was nervous about her son Ashley doing the jump, she was proud of him doing it for his sister. Tash said she enjoyed both the ride in the limousine and the plane. She said: "I enjoyed the drive in the limousine and the flight in the plane was amazing, although coming down was a bit scary. I just want to thank everyone." Mr Christopher said: "I offered the limousine ride because I wanted to bring a bit of a smile to Tash's life after all she's been through. The family were very pleased and couldn't thank me enough - it made me feel nice, giving something back." Prior to jumping a pale-looking Terry said: "I still can't believe I'm doing this. You can't write what I'm thinking - it would all be stars!" His wife Laurie explained how nervous Terry had been and said: "I'm very proud and not that surprised he's doing it - because it's for a good cause." Unlike Terry, Simon said he was looking forward to it: "Once I know the parachute works, it should be alright. I'm not really nervous yet, but I'm sure I will be." After the jump, Terry said: "It's an amazing feeling - out of this world. At one point I thought I'd throw up, though. And I'm never doing it again!" Next up was reporter Angela Brennan and firefighters Brian Perryman and Derek McCullough. The firefighters bantered with each other on the way up - and on landing said they would definitely do it again. Richard Payne, who said he liked extreme sports, also enjoyed the jump and is planning to do another. He said: "I loved it and can't wait to do it again. We're now in the process of collecting. A few of us are getting together to organise another one." Retained firefighter Scott Clarke, however, was not so keen. He said: "I'd rather go fishing.


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