Commander’s giant leap for charity

Fire commander Richard Dykes
Fire commander Richard Dykes

Daredevil fire commander Richard Dykes is planning a 13,000ft freefall skydive to celebrate nearly 30 years of active fire service duty.

Station Commander Dykes, who is Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Risk Manager for the Fenland and Huntingdonshire districts, is taking on the challenge on Sunday, August 4, to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Grandfather-of-five Richard, of Yaxley, is taking the giant leap of faith not only to mark his own big milestone but also to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the charity.

The 52-year-old, who is also the station commander responsible for Chatteris on-call fire station, said: “I’ve been thinking about doing a tandem skydive for a long time and I thought what better opportunity than to jump in celebration of 70 years of such a wonderful charity.

“The Fire Fighters Charity does good work for aging, injured and disabled firefighters and their families and it’s important to make sure these people get the treatment and healthy retirement like all others who have worked in the service. The charity points them the way and gives people support when they need it most and is extremely valuable to everyone in the service.”

Richard will be doing his skydive at Sibson Aerodrome on Sunday, August 4.

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