Dare­dev­ils in­vited to risk the high jump for safety

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

AS new govern­ment statis­tics show that 35 peo­ple are killed weekly on UK roads, Brake, the road safety char­ity, is ap­peal­ing for 35 ad­ven­ture­seek­ers to raise aware­ness and funds in aid of the char­ity’s work.

It is call­ing for peo­ple to sign up to sky­dive over the sum­mer to gen­er­ate funds for cam­paign­ing for safer roads and car­ing for fam­i­lies be­reaved or in­jured in crashes.

Sky­divers spend a day train­ing for and per­form­ing their jump from at least 10,000 feet – just like the pro­fes­sion­als. Then, har­nessed to an ex­pe­ri­enced para­chute in­struc­tor, fundraisers freefall down to 5,000ft be­fore parachut­ing to the ground.

Qual­i­fied in­struc­tors pro­vide train­ing on how to steer onto the drop zone (the land­ing is con­trolled by the in­struc­tor); all jumpers re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate to prove they have com­pleted a “two mile high” tan­dem sky­dive. Sky­dives take place ev­ery week­end at venues around the UK. Sky­divers are asked to raise a min­i­mum spon­sor­ship of £400.

For de­tails email fundraise@ brake.org.uk or call 01484 683294.

A JOINT UK mo­tor in­dus­try and govern­ment au­to­mo­tive strat­egy is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing well over £1bn of ad­di­tional funds over the next 10 years.

It sup­ports multi-bil­lion pound in­vest­ments an­nounced in the last few years by global au­to­mo­tive com­pa­nies to boost pro­duc­tion and de­velop new tech­nolo­gies and mod­els.

The money in­cludes fund­ing for ‘thou­sands’ of new mo­tor in­dus­try ap­pren­tices as well as the cre­ation of an Ad­vanced Propul­sion Cen­tre, and low emis­sion ve­hi­cles.

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