Martin reaches for the skies to raise over £850 for cancer research

LOCAL man Martin Grant has raised over £850 for Cancer Research by taking part in a skydive at Errol Airfield.

Martin (20) said that he was thrilled to have a really clear day to do his first ever skydive on Saturday.

He chose to raise funds for Cancer Research as he wanted to help out a lot of people.

Martin said: “I just wanted to do something for charity and I chose Cancer Research as it is quite a common disease and there are a lot of folk who have it.”

This was Martin’s first ever fund-raiser for charity and he is determined to do something similar in the future.

He said: “I’m planning to do another skydive later this year just for fun but probably early next year I will do something else for charity.

“I’d like to do a bungee jump, but it would have to be really high to make it worthwhile.”

Martin initially decided to do a skydive because “it was something a bit different” and something he had never done before.

He said: “I never did any training before the skydive on Saturday.

“I had to be at the airfield for eight in the morning to prepare for the skydive at 11am and had half-an-hour’s training with the instructor before we went up in the plane.

“It took about 10 to 15 minutes for the plane to get two miles high and then me and the instructor and the photographer jumped.

“You fall at around 120 miles per hour for the first half of the jump then once the parachute is released you glide for about five minutes before reaching the ground.”

Martin added that he was not scared during the jump just exhilarated.

He continued: “When I hit the ground I was dazed but I was soon ready to go again and wanted to go straight back up in the plane.

“I would just like to thank everyone who has sponsored me.”

Martin is thrilled to have raised over £850 and the total is still rising steadily. He hopes to know the full amount he has managed to realise for this worthy cause soon.