World Record Skydive raises £200,000 for CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent took on the Guinness World Record books as it attempted to set the record for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours over five airfields in the UK.

Chair of trustees Daphne Pullen OBE came along to watch her brother plummet 15,000ft

In total, 475 participants geared up to jump at least 10,000ft to help raised funds for children and young people with cancer. With this fantastic number of participants, CLIC Sargent would have seen its name in the record books, if only the great British weather had been on their side. Unfortunately, autumn came; heavy rain, high winds, hail and a lot of low cloud meant only half the participants were able to jump over the weekend.

Participants came from all over the UK to jump from Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon, Headcorn Airfield in Kent, Redland Airfield in Swindon, Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire and Hinton Airfield in Northamptonshire.

Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell, Fundraising Manager for Cornwall said, “The weather scuppered our chance of breaking the World Record but it did not deter our participants’ enthusiasm and fundraising efforts.

"Whilst we are disappointed not to have set the World Record, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of all the participants and their sponsors who together, have raised £200,000 with sponsorship still pouring in! This money will go a long way to help CLIC Sargent continue to provide clinical, practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people with cancer and their families."

One participant said, “Thank you so much for enabling me and so many other people to be able to jump for CLIC Sargent on Saturday….We had a great day for it, didn't we! I loved my jump, it was exhilarating, exciting, fun - and not for one moment was it terrifying, like I thought it might be. My instructor made it all so easy that I could actually enjoy it without all the fear.”

Well done to everyone who took part.

For more information about CLIC Sargent’s World Record Skydive please contact Stephanie Cherington-Rimmell on 01392 314673 or stephanie.cherington-rimmell@clicsargent.org.uk.

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