Daredevils invited to risk the high jump for safety
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.