RAF veteran willing to jump for charity

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 August 2016

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An RAF veteran aims to overcome his post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and break a world record when he takes part in a tandem parachute jump.

Former member of the No.II Squadron RAF Regiment, Simon Standon, 60, of The Strand, Exmouth, hopes to raise money for the charity Forces Veterans for Veterans, when he joins 400 participants to jump 1,500ft, aiming to break the record for the most tandem parachute jumps in 24 hours.

Simon, who is now the chairman of Forces Veterans for Veterans, said it was thanks to the charity his PTSD has improved.

He said: “I integrate better with people now.

“I didn’t get much help, but when I moved to Exmouth I met Forces Veterans for Veterans and they have given me awareness and helped me to get better.”

Simon left the RAF in 1978.

While in the service, he spent time in Salalah Oman, Hong Kong, Gibraltar and Northern Ireland. He was recently diagnosed with PTSD.

He is looking forward to taking part in the world record attempt and raising money for the charity so it can help other PTSD sufferers.

He said: “There will be more emotion.

“The weird thing is when I jumped out of a plane in the service, I had a line attached to the plane, but now I am going to be free falling for a while.

“I am looking forward to it, perhaps because I am crazy.

“I would like to raise a lot of money.”

Simon has already raised £650 for the charity.

The world record attempt is due to take place on Monday, August 22, at Dunkeswell Aerodrome, weather permitting.


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