Freefall first for RNLI

Matt Smith, who will freefall from 10,000 feet for RNLI funds.'Staff photo
Matt Smith, who will freefall from 10,000 feet for RNLI funds.'Staff photo

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.