Freefall leaves char­ity jumpers breath­less

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SOCIAL SCENE - By Jack Troughton

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)

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