Fiona free falls 15,000 feet to raise funds for British Lung Foundation
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 September 2018
An Exmouth woman who dropped out of an aeroplane to raise money for charity has spoken of having no feeling of height or distance when she free fell above Dunkeswell Airfield.
Fiona Nelson, 53, of Roseberry Road, plummeted 15,000 feet in memory of Exmouth mum Sarah Wright, who died in 2012 while waiting for a double lung transplant.
She had arranged to take on the challenge alongside Sarah’s dad Steve Gazzard but due to a rib injury had to postpone.
Now Fiona has completed the sky dive and raised more £500 for the British Lung Foundation.
“I was really excited but also really nervous but as soon as I jumped out of the aeroplane I just loved every single minute of it,” She said.
“There was no sense of height or distance up there – there was no fear factor at all.”
It was a visit to Dunkeswell Airfield 20 years ago which sparked Fiona’s interest in free-falling from an aeroplane, but it wasn’t until her daughter purchased a skydive experience for her that she was able to fulfil that dream.
She was then left looking for a cause to raise money for and had seen Steve Gazzard doing his regular organ donor sign-ups in the Magnolia Centre.
Since his daughter Sarah Wright died nearly six years ago, Steve has been raising funds and awareness for the British Lung Foundation and also signing up as many people as possible to be organ donors.
The town and district councillor has also been campaigning for a change in the law so that people are opted in to organ donation by default and would have to opt out if they didn’t want their organs to be used after their death.
Steve had agreed to do the skydive with Fiona but due to her injury he did it separately from her last month. He raised more than £400 for the British Lung Foundation.
Fiona was joined at the airfield by her daughter and her partner. She told The Journal she would love to do it again one day.
Fiona thanked everyone who sponsored and supported her.