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Marham boss hits the skies in charity parachute jump

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Current and former servicemen, including several based in West Norfolk, have reached for the skies to help raise thousands for a charity which helps RAF veterans and their families.

More than 30 supporters of the RAF Benevolent Fund took part in the 13,000 foot jump at Beccles last Thursday, to mark the charity’s centenary.

Among the team were many personnel from RAF Marham, including the station commander, Group Captain Ian Townsend.

RAF skydiver from Marham (8263700)
RAF skydiver from Marham (8263700)

They were joined by civilian contractors including organiser ex-RAF engineer Matt Hubbard and the fund’s regional fundraiser, Aaron Tillyer.

Aaron said: “I’m so glad I did it! I really enjoyed the whole experience. Hanging over the doorway of the plane was so surreal, and then falling into the unknown was just breath-taking. It literally took my breath away”.

“Being a regional fundraiser, I speak to beneficiaries, hear great stories and see first-hand on the RAF stations the impact the RAF Benevolent Fund has on the serving and ex-serving RAF community and their families.

“I’m very proud to be raising money for the Fund, and I can’t wait to see what the charity can bring ahead of their centenary.”

Matt said: “This event was my way of doing something beyond the ordinary to mark the RAF Benevolent Fund centenary. It was a truly force-wide team, drawing from Serving RAF and Royal Navy personnel, industry ex-service and MoD Civilians.

“I served in the RAF from 1989-2014 as an aircraft engineer, and I maintain an extremely strong bond with my military colleagues, through my BAE Systems role at RAF Marham supporting the F35 Programme.”

The team have raised more than £5,500 for the Fund, and donations are still coming in.

To sponsor Aaron and Matt, go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-hubbard8

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