Steve plummets 15,000 feet from plane in memory of his late daughter

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 August 2018

Steve Gazzard's sky dive in memory of his daughter Sarah Wright. Picture: Contributed

Steve Gazzard's sky dive in memory of his daughter Sarah Wright. Picture: Contributed


An Exmouth charity champion is ‘still buzzing’ after free-falling 15,000 feet from an aeroplane in memory of his late daughter.

Steve Gazzard took part in a sky dive to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) at Dunkeswell Aerodrome.

The town and district councillor has been raising awareness of lung disease and the need for more organ donors after his daughter, Sarah Wright, died while waiting for a double lung transplant in 2012.

His latest fundraising adventure raised more than £400 through sponsorship with more money still to come in.

Steve said: “The whole experience was truly fantastic, the quietness and the sheer delight of achieving this will stay with me for a very long time.

“It’s one of those things I would do again – I am still buzzing now.”

The opt-out organ donor campaigner was approached by a supporter – Fiona Nelson – when she decided to use a skydive voucher given to her as a present in memory of his daughter.

He agreed to take part in the challenge as well but Fiona was ultimately unable to join him on this occasion due to injury.

Steve told the Journal there was a lot of waiting around at the aerodrome for a break in the weather, adding: “The worst bit was the hanging around.

“Once you’re up there it’s just magic – I just wanted to get out there.

“You’re all cramped into the plane together – it’s not a commercial plane so its very noisy.

“It took 10 minutes to get up to 15,000 feet, which felt like a long time.

“The instructor was pointing out the different areas you could see like Exmouth, Somerset and even Wales, which you could see because it was so clear.”

Steve thanked all his supporters and Michelle Furmaston who kept him company on the day.

Another one of Steve’s organ donor sign up events took place as part of Exmouth Kite Festival held at the Imperial Recreation Ground at the weekend.

Some 27 new organ donors were signed up over the two days.

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