FIRE commander Richard Dykes was on cloud nine after jumping 13,000ft from an aeroplane to raise £500 for charity.
Station Commander Richard Dykes, who is Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Risk Manager for the Huntingdonshire and Fenland districts, took the leap of faith at Sibson Airfield to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Grandfather-of-five Richard, (52), of Yaxley, completed the freefall on Sunday,
August 4, to celebrate nearly 30 years of active fire service duty and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the charity.
Richard, who is also the station commander responsible for Chatteris on-call fire station, said: “The day of the jump was clear and bright and I had no sense of nerves, only anticipation as I sat on the floor of the aircraft looking out, with my legs dangling in 120mph winds and looking down 13,000 feet.
“My tandem jump partner shouted ‘after three - one, two’ - the next thing I vividly recall was cart wheeling into the air and the wind noise and facial wind blast as we began free falling at 125 mph. The jump was really fantastic, not like anything I had ever done before.
“The tug on my body as the chute opened was a new experience, but not painfully so. The tranquil glide to ground took three or four minutes and I had the opportunity to manoeuvre the canopy to look around the clear skies and flat, green pleasant fields and villages of North West Cambridgeshire.
“I was so full of adrenalin I would readily have done it again. This was a huge achievement for me and one to tick off the bucket list! I am really proud to have had the opportunity and health to do something like this whilst raising funds for the Firefighters Charity. Thank you to everyone who has donated.”
Richard has already exceeded his £500 target. Anyone wishing to sponsor donate can log on to http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Dykes.