Never again, says Trowbridge skydive novice
8:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Latest News
Reluctant skydiver Sarah Apps has sworn never to throw herself from a plane again, after she completed a 15,000ft jump to honour her late father.
Mrs Apps, 39, from Trowbridge, took on the skydive to raise funds for Bath Royal United Hospital’s RICE clinic, which treated her father, Ron Sawyer, for dementia before he died last year.
She said: “It was horrible. I would never do it again. I felt sick going up there and had a panic attack halfway down.
“It was my idea to do the jump, as he was in the 3 Paras in the Army, so I thought it would be the only way to raise money for the clinic, who were so good when he was alive.”
She completed the tandem jump at Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon on August 31, the first anniversary of her father’s death.
She said: “My initial target was £1,000, but we’re currently on over £2,400, so I’ve gone way over what I thought I would. I’m really pleased with all the sponsorship and money’s still coming in.
“I’m really happy to have raised so much, but you need to do a medical check before you jump once you turn 40, so I’m glad I won’t have to do it again.”