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Skydiving dad aims high for Fenland football club's £500k project

A Wisbech father is planning a sky high celebration to mark his 40th birthday and raise money for a local football project at the same time.

Mark Headland will be jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet over the skies of Wimblington on his birthday on July 18 and he will be cheered on by some of his family as he floats back to earth.

The event will see a tick in a box on Mark's bucket list and he hopes it will also boost the coffers for Leverington Sports Football Club's 3G Pitch Project for which the club needs to raise over £150,000 towards the cost of the £500,000 scheme.

Mark Headland with his step daughters Charley Goodale, 14, right and Leah Goodale, 12. (47139676)
Mark Headland with his step daughters Charley Goodale, 14, right and Leah Goodale, 12. (47139676)

The aim is to build a state of the art 3G pitch with floodlights at the club's site in Church Road, which will be available for other local groups and organisations to use as well.

Two of Mark's step daughters Charley and Leah Goodale play for two of the teams, which is what inspired him to take on the challenge in aid of the football club.

Mark is married to Donna and they have between them six children including their son Jack, Charley and Leah's older sister Danielle, and Mark's children from a previous relationship: Charlotte, 20 and William, 13.

"Hopefully some of them will be there to cheer me on on the day, but there could be a lot of waiting around depending on the weather, so we will see," said Mark.

Mark and Donna have paid for the cost of the jump themselves so any money raised will go to the football club, who has been busily encouraging its teams and individuals associated with the club to raise as much cash as possible towards the £150,000 needed.

He explained: " I work for Virgin Media and I regularly drive out near Wimblington for work and I see the plane and sky divers over the airfield at Wimblington and I always think it looks amazing.

"That is why I thought I'd like to have a go myself and so I have signed up to do it for my 40th birthday celebration - hopefully it will be a really great experience and it will be a tick off the bucket list."

Mark, who lives at Gedney, added: "The girls really love their football, and so it felt like the right thing to do to support their club."

Mark has set a target of £1,000 for his efforts and he can be sponsored by visiting Gofundme.

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