Whilst over in New Zealand this September, OH David Bland (83) from East House 1946 – 1951, completed another assisted parachute jump in aid of the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.
Having been a supporter of BLESMA for some time now (*) David has carried out a number of fund-raising things such as abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth Harbour as well as jumping out of an aeroplane at 18,000 feet over the Hampshire sky.
However, this latest effort involved travelling 5000 miles down-under to South Island, New Zealand to complete a tandem jump from what is understood to be the worlds highest skydive site Skydive Franz, which is set among a picturesque mountain range.
Here’s what David had to say after the jump……”It was fantastic. The only really nervous bit was me thinking that when I arrived there they would make me do the army exercises first and then turn me down as not fit enough. This didn’t happen and I now have the video to prove it.”
(*) David lost his eye while serving with the Wiltshire Regiment around the time of the Korean War.
Anyone wishing to find out further details on how to support this worthy charity, please get in touch with David via. Facebook or contact him c/o his company – SPR Centre, Greenfields Farm, Fontwell Avenue, Eastergate, Chichester, Sussex PO20 3RU. Telephone 01243 542815.