Alex takes dive for good causes

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

A KIND­HEARTED teenager with a fear of fly­ing has com­pleted a char­ity sky­dive to raise money for good causes.

Alex Yates took part in the 11,000 ft tan­dem sky­dive in aid of St Anne’s and St Joseph’s Parish Churches in Ac­cring­ton and to help ta­lented lo­cal swim­mer Ethan Nais­bitt com­pete at the next Par­a­lympics. The 19-year- old Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity stu­dent col­lected £1,322 for the churches, £623 for Ethan and £917 for East Lan­cashire Hospice.

His fa­ther Tony Yates, from Ac­cring­ton, said: “Be­fore [Alex] came home for his sum­mer hol­i­days he got wind of a char­ity sky­dive on be­half of the East Lan­cashire Hospice to take place dur­ing the sum­mer at Cock­er­ham, near Lan­caster.

“Even though Alex is fright­ened of fly­ing he de­cided he wanted to go for it but wanted to try to raise money not only for the Hospice but for our lo­cal Parish Churches of St Anne’s and St Joseph’s in Ac­cring­ton and also for a young lo­cal lad called Ethan who is try­ing to raise money to go to the next par­a­lympics.”

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