Freefall leaves charity jumpers breathless
Determined to support fourlegged friends, four brave businesswomen decided to step out of a plane at 14,000ft in a sponsored freefall and parachute jump – raising over €3,860 for Javea-based Tanamera.
The leap of faith at Castellón airfield was cancelled three times since July but the group finally got airborne last month.
Tanamera is a privately run dog rescue, specialising in greyhounds and podencos, the Spanish hunting dog and the money raised helped it get through the lean times of summer... with a little left over for winter.
Nicola Franklin, Emma Lawton, Sarah Paye, and Lisa Fox, boarded a plane for their first ever jump; and discovered those that dare do win as sponsorship started rolling in.
Sarah said: “I think the worst thing is they don’t give you instructions about breathing. Because you are falling so fast horizontally and the air is rushing passed, you don’t know whether to breathe normally through your nose or take short sharp breaths.”
Nicola said she also found breathing hard. “But the strangest sensation was dangling over the edge of the plane while every cell in your body is screaming ‘what are you doing?’.”
Emma added: “I was the first out and I don’t remember saying anything... and I couldn’t hear anything because the others were all behind me; I didn’t even know at first if they had jumped”
Sarah said she would make another jump, but only in tandem with her son, a qualified sky diver; the others are enjoying having feet firmly planted back on earth.
And Jacky Hazeleger, who runs Tanamera, paid tribute to the quartet and thanked them for their efforts. “Summer is always a difficult time for me because all our regular sponsors are out of the country and it is difficult to hold events because of the heat.
“They certainly saved Tanamera because the jump paid for our food and all the vets’ bills and as a bonus there is still money coming in now, and because of that we can keep going until Christmas.
Jackie said she was always busy re-homing dogs but had 18 at present – she also planned to rescue an abandoned dog in Valencia, facing being put to sleep.
L-r: Nicola, Jacky, Emma and Sarah (Lisa unable to attend)