Callum’s skydivers on a charity high

Jayne McElhinney and Lea-anne Perry ready for their parachute jump. With them is Emma McElhinney (right) at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham.

Jayne McElhinney and Lea-anne Perry ready for their parachute jump. With them is Emma McElhinney (right) at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham.

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Eleven brave skydivers parachuted to the ground to raise money for Callum’s Crusade.

The family and friends of baby Callum Towne who died at six weeks old from meningitis, found the experience incredible, exhilarating and some can’t wait to do it all over again!

Lea-anne Perry, who organised the skydive at the Black Knights Parachute Centre said: “It was absolutely amazing, brilliant!

“I felt scared but excited on our way up. Then when we got to about 14,000 feet they opened the door and you felt a rush of air.

“I had to lean over the edge of the plane before jumping, with my feet tucked under the edge of the plane but the adrenaline kicks in and you just go with it.

“It’s really noisy at first but then when the parachute opens it goes quiet and you can have a conversation. It was amazing.

“We were above the clouds and then when we came through the clouds we could see everything, Blackpool Tower, the coastline, it was fantastic.

“It took a couple of hours to sink in . When I got to ground I was ringing my husband and family saying, ‘I’ve just jumped out of a plane!!’

“I could quite believe what I had done. I would recommend it, I’d do it all over again, in fact we are planning to do another one next year.

Jayne McElhinney, aunt to Callum, was nervous before the jump because she is afraid of heights.

She said: “It was amazing, it was the best thing I have ever done! I was scared going up in the plane, it took 12 minutes and it was the longest 12 minutes of my life. There are photos of me on the way up and on each picture I’ve lost a bit more colour in my face! But by the time we got up there I’d reached the point where I just had to do it.

“Just before you jump you are strapped to the front of the guy who you are diving with so he is sat in the plane and you are outside.

“You dive for 10,000ft – for about 60 seconds – going at 120mph.

“But as soon as I had got to the ground I wanted to go straight back up to do it all again. It’s was amazing.

“We are planning to do another one in July because it would be great to get a sunny day so you can see the ground as you jump and there are a few people who really want to do it but were unable to make it this time.

“So far we have paid £2,314.51 into the account for Meningitis UK and there is still sponsorship money to come. It’s brilliant.” To donate to Callum’s Crusade log on to www.meningitisuk.tributefunds.com/fund/Callum+Charlie+TowneCallum+Charlie+Towne