Exmouth mums’ skydive thrill

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 December 2011

TWO Exmouth mums threw themselves 15,000 from an aeroplane to raise funds for The Beacon Primary School.

Lin Salter and Sam McDougall’s successful challenge to tandem skydive means the school library will be stocked with new books.

TWO Exmouth mums threw themselves 15,000 from an aeroplane to raise funds for The Beacon Primary School. Lin Salter and Sam McDougall’s successful challenge to tandem skydive means the school library will be stocked with new books.

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The Beacon Primary School’s library is to be stocked with new books thanks to two mums raising more than £1,000 after completing a skydive challenge.

TWO Exmouth mums threw themselves 15,000ft from an aeroplane to raise £1,100 for The Beacon Primary School.

Lin Salter and Sam McDougall’s successful challenge to tandem skydive means the school library will be stocked with new books.

The Beacon school headteacher Sue Lockwood praised the PTFA committee pair for their pluck.

She said the entire school was grateful for their efforts in raising such a ‘grand’ sum of money.

Mrs Lockwood said: “We cannot thank them enough. They took on a challenge, which has raised a magnificent sum of money for our school.”

After three previous attempts to jump were thwarted by the weather and an aircraft electrical fault, the two mums, who have children at The Beacon school, took to the sky at Dunkeswell airfield amid perfect conditions.

Mrs Salter said: “It was an amazing experience.

“Sam and I hit on the idea of jumping out of a plane to raise much-needed funds for The Beacon after someone mentioned to us that a skydive would be something different - so we thought, ‘why not?’.

“Jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft was fantastic. I thought we would struggle to get out of the aircraft, but we were well looked after - strapped to hunky instructors.

“The free fall was particularly thrilling - the scary part for me was when the parachute opened.

“We had an exciting descent, which churned our stomachs. We had a great landing when the parachutes floated on top of us.”

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