February 24, 2016 2.23 pm This story is over 67 months old

Daredevils challenged to take part in Lincolnshire skydive for alzheimer’s research

Will you take the plunge?: Lincolnshire thrill seekers are being sought for a fundraising skydive near Lincoln.

Lincolnshire thrill seekers with enough bottle to launch themselves out of a plane are being sought for a national alzheimer’s research fundraising campaign.

National Skydive Day will see 150 jumps across the country in eight different locations, of which 20 places will be available at Hibaldstow Airfield north of Lincoln.

Participants will feel part of a team, facing their fears in aid of those facing dementia, as they all take the plunge at 8am on Saturday, June 4.

The jump will be aided by professional skydivers who will help those jumping out of the plane at around 13,000 ft.

A bird's eye view of the base north of Lincoln. Photo: Google Maps

A bird’s eye view of the base north of Lincoln. Photo: Google Maps

Participants will spend around seven minutes in the air. After the first minute free-falling, the last six will be spent gliding down to the ground while experiencing breath-taking views.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Here at Alzheimer’s Research UK we know how hard living with dementia can be for those with the conditions and those around them.

“So we are asking people to step forward and do something extraordinary to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“We are not only looking for thrill seekers but also those who perhaps have never done something as brave as this before but want to try something new and raise money for a great cause.

“Whatever your reason, we’d be delighted to have you at one of eight airfields across the UK.

“One in three people over 65 will die with some form of dementia. Currently more than 850,000 people in the UK have this terrible condition.

“It can only be defeated through research but funding lags far behind other serious diseases.

“The money raised from this event will make a real difference, bringing us ever nearer to finding new preventions and treatments through the world-class research we fund.”

Jumpers in Lincolnshire will be asked to pay £250 for the jump, including a £50 deposit, and raise a minimum sponsorship of £150 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Those interested are being asked to choose their nearest location and sign up online here.

For more information get in touch by filling in the form here. 

The other dive locations are Cambridgeshire, County Durham, Kent, Shropshire, Suffolk, Swansea and Wiltshire.

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