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Thrill-seekers are being offered the chance to make a 10,000ft skydive for free when they jump for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

As part of its Jump in July campaign, the charity is recruiting people to raise money for its cancer prevention research and health information projects.

Natalie Tarrant, Senior Fundraising Manager at WCRF, said: “This is an incredibly exhilarating experience and a great chance to do something exciting at the same time as raising money for a worthwhile cause.

“There is no actual payment – we just ask you to raise a minimum of £395 in sponsorship for cancer prevention and we’ll take care of the rest of the arrangements.”

The jumps are run from 23 British Parachute Association approved centres around the UK, so there is one near most towns.

The novice skydivers will tandem freefall 5,000ft at speeds of up to 120mph before the parachute canopy opens. A seasoned skydiving instructor controls the descent and landing – the only way to do a freefall without spending thousands of pounds on advanced training.

The training and jump is completed in just a day and each parachutist will get a ‘two-mile high’ tandem skydive certificate.

WCRF is also offering a 3,000ft static line jump, where the parachute opens automatically shortly after leaving the aircraft, or a 10,000ft solo freefall for those who can raise £360 or £535 respectively. The training and jump for both take place over two days.

To book a jump, please email events@wcrf.org, visit www.wcrf-uk.org/skydive or call 020 7343 4200.