Vet nurse takes on ‘mind-blowing’ two-mile freefall for four legged friends

PUBLISHED: 10:41 23 May 2018

Kirsty smiling through her recent tandem skydive. Picture by SkyDive Buzz.

Kirsty smiling through her recent tandem skydive. Picture by SkyDive Buzz.


An Exmouth veterinary nurse has described the ‘mind-blowing’ experience of freefalling at speeds of up to 120 miles an hour as she took on a 15,000 foot skydive in a bid to help abandoned dogs.

Kirsty smiling through her recent tandem skydive. Picture by SkyDive Buzz.Kirsty smiling through her recent tandem skydive. Picture by SkyDive Buzz.

Kirsty Hensby, Head Veterinary Nurse and Practice Manager of Raddenstiles Exmouth and Sidford, recently plummetted two miles in an adrenaline-fuelled challenge she took on for charity.

After being rescheduled due to unfit weather conditions, Kirsty finally took the leap of faith on April 14, at Dunkeswell Airfield.

Bought as a Christmas gift, by her partner Luke Smith, she decided to do the dive for the Dogs Trust; the veterinary practice’s chosen charity for 2018.

For Kirsty, the experience fulfilled a life-long dream and despite being a bit nervous, she was smiling throughout.

Kirsty Hensby. Picture by John hall.Kirsty Hensby. Picture by John hall.

She said: “It was somewhat nerve-wracking entering the plane.

“Once I hit 15,000 feet and the plane door opened, I experienced - as expected - the lack of oxygen, which made me feel tight-chested.”

But Kirsty had been prepared that, taking on the highest sky dive possible without breathing apparatus, meant at its highest point there would be 40 per cent less oxygen.

She said: “The experience was amazing - like a bird in the Sky - and as soon as you jump out of the craft the views are mind-blowing.

“Once the parachute opened I was amazed by the views from all around. I enjoyed it so much I would do it again!”

Kirsty raised a total of £617.00 for the charity - via her personal Facebook page and the practice.

Being a lover of dogs and owner of an Alaskan Malamute, Kirsty said she was ‘delighted’ to have raised hundreds of pounds for the trust.

Many members of staff from Raddenstiles came to support her with the skydive, as well as her partner Luke, daughter Summer and her mum and dad.

It takes approximately 10 minutes to climb to 15,000ft required for the type of sky dive Kirsty completed. During freefall participants experience speeds of approximately 120mph, falling a distance of around two miles.

Dogs Trust specialises in the rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned and unwanted dogs.

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