Montrose lifeboat crewman Matt Smith will swap lifejacket for parachute next month when he undertakes a sponsored tandem freefall for RNLI funds.
Matt (19), who joined the crew around 10 months ago, decided to take the plunge after a discussion at the Montrose station about funding.
He said: “I went online to the RNLI website and this came up under fund-raising ideas. It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
Matt, who is training as a retained firefighter, will ascend to 10,000 feet above Errol Airfield on Saturday, June 2 before bailing out strapped to an instructor and, as it will be his first skydive, he admits to being a little nervous.
He said: “I got an e-mail from the company last week and I’ve just realised what I’ve done, but I’m also really looking forward to it.”
Matt has so far raised more than £850 and has set up a justgiving page for donations and anyone wishing to support his skydive can do so at www.justgiving.com/Matt-Smith14.