Photographed: Yvette Pennell skydiving for the Cancer Fighting Fund in 2016 at Headcorn.

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What is it like?

Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 ft - the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go - falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air as you start freefalling at over 120mph! Then imagine the peace and quiet as the canopy opens, the steering toggles come down either side of you and you begin a tranquil parachute descent from a mile up in the air, steering yourself back down to the centre of the drop zone below. Imagine being able to do this for FREE whilst harnessed to a professional freefall parachute instructor and at the same time being able to help your hospital charity! Stop imagining, it’s real and it’s happening all the time and you can be part of it... 

What does the jump involve?

Technically the jump is called a ‘Tandem Skydive’. It is a Skydive because you will be freefalling through the air (without the parachute deployed) for several thousand feet; it is in Tandem because you will be harnessed to a professional parachute instructor at all times throughout the descent. This is the only way you can jump from such an altitude without spending thousands of pounds becoming a freefall parachutist. This is literally the chance of a lifetime!

Points to remember:

  • Jump and training completed in one day
  • Harnessed to an experienced parachute instructor at all times
  • Jump from at least 10,000 ft - just like the professionals
  • Freefall down to 5,000 ft - falling through the air at 120 mph!
  • Ride the parachute down to the ground - we teach you how to steer onto the drop zone
  • Landing controlled by your instructor
  • Certificate to prove that you have completed a ‘two-mile high’ Tandem Skydive! 

What must I do to qualify for a free jump?

All you have to do is raise £395* (or more!) for Valley Hospital Charity by asking your friends and colleagues to sponsor you. We will provide you with sponsorship forms and you can set up your personalised fundraising page. Every penny you raise over the £395* minimum will be further contributing to Valley Hospital Charity and giving you the chance to make an exhilarating freefall parachute jump for FREE!

* For airfields based in Scotland and Northern Ireland the minimum sponsorship level for a tandem skydive is £450 

This is your chance to experience

120mph freefall!

When can I jump?

You can choose to jump on a day of your choice. Put your preferred date(s) and the airfield will let Skyline know if it is available.  

Where is the airfield?

The British Parachute Association approved centres Skyline uses are located across the UK and are indicated on the enclosed map. Our nearest one is Headcorn, Maidstone, Kent. Once we have received your reservation Skyline will do their best to place you at your nearest available centre but if this is not possible they will contact you to discuss the alternatives.

Finally

We sincerely hope that you decide to give it a go - it has often been described as a thrilling ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and is an excellent way in which to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. There will be lots of other people trying parachuting for the very first time on the day, so you are welcome to bring along your friends and family so they can watch you on a day you will simply never forget: The day you perform an exhilarating skydive or parachute jump in aid of Valley Hospital Fund.