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EVERY day, 70 people are killed or injured on UK roads, sadly many of them are children or young people.

To highlight this and to raise funds for families devastated by these tragedies, Brake, the road safety charity, is looking 70 intrepid volunteers from the East to do tandem parachute jumps at Chatteris airfield.

In 2012, parachute jumps are happening across the UK during the summer as part of a nationwide fundraising campaign by Brake to raise more than £15,000 in total. Registrations are taking place now to give people plenty of time to fundraise. Funds raised will go towards Brake’s vital work supporting families bereaved and injured in road crashes and towards Brake’s community road safety campaigns. Brake cares for road crash victims through a helpline and support literature, and works in communities educating young drivers, company drivers, children and parents about how to use roads safely.

The volunteers who sign up to take part in this exciting and worthwhile challenge will complete the jump and training in one day. Volunteers will receive a certificate to prove that they have completed a “two mile high” Tandem Skydive and will have memories that will last a lifetime.

Bev Brady took part in a parachute jump in 2011. She said: “I decided to a parachute jump to raise money and awareness for Brake. Shockingly, my son’s 16 year old friend, called Eddie, was killed by a speeding, drunk driver. I wanted to do something positive, and let Eddie’s family know we were thinking of them and him. I was a little unsure, but I spoke to Lisa at Brake, and by the end of the phonecall, I had agreed to do it! I hate heights, but I thought my fears were nothing compared to what the family was going through. On the day I explained to instructor my fears, he was brilliant and calm. I jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet and I loved it! If it saves the life of one person, it is worth it. Eddie’s family said it was a great tribute to him and I would do it again tomorrow, it was amazing.”

Katie Shephard, fundraising director at Brake, said: “Make a fantastic New Year resolution today and sign up to do a parachute jump for Brake in 2012. By taking part in this exciting challenge, you’ll be supporting people who need your help and raising awareness about the devastation that road crashes are causing to 70 families every day on UK roads.”

Contact Lisa on 01484-683294 or helpbrake@brake.org.uk or go to www.brake.org.uk and click on ‘fundraise’.