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Blind veteran's sister jumping from plane at 15,000ft

Published on 4 May 2023

Christine has strong connections to our charity and to the military and has chosen to fundraise for us when she ticks a tandem skydive off her bucket list.

An Army veteran herself, Christine who is 56 and from Deeside in Flintshire, joined the Woman's Royal Army Corps in 1985 at 18-years-old. Both her brothers also served in the Army. She says:

“My older brothers were both in the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and used to take the micky out of me and boast about jumping from planes. I have always wanted to say, I’ve done it too, and now, after 40 years, I finally will be able to."

On 11 May, Christine will be jumping from 15,000ft with the Red Devils at Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire and is fundraising for us as her brother John is supported by our charity.

Christine stood between her two brothers and all three are smiling widely
Christine with her brothers John and Jamie

Christine was keen to make sure she completed her tandem skydive in style. She says:

“I’m a firm believer in, if you’re going to do something, do it right, and for me that means doing my skydive with the best. So, I’ll be jumping from a plane alongside a member of the world’s elite team of skydivers, the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team.
“I saw the Red Devils doing a display last year and heard them talking about offering tandem jumps; I knew I had to do it. I’m totally excited and terrified all at the same time but I’m definitely not going to back down.”
“John is sadly quite poorly; I want to do this jump sooner rather than later, so he knows I’m doing it for him."

Christine’s brother John has been supported by Blind Veterans UK since 2009 when he lost his sight due to macular degeneration.

John, who is 57-years-old, joined the Parachute Regiment in 1982 and served for ten years. Christine says:

“I'm keen to raise money for Blind Veterans UK to thank them for all the support they have given my brother for many years now. They’ve provided him with equipment to help him remain independent including a computer to work on. They do amazing work for so many veterans.
“John is sadly quite poorly; I want to do this jump sooner rather than later, so he knows I’m doing it for him.
“I will feel so proud on the day and relieved when I make it back down in one piece.”

Show your support for Christine and help her reach her £500 fundraising target.

Go to her fundraising page

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