Peter plunges 15,000ft for charity
Peter with sons Russell and Dorian after landing
A GRANDFATHER whose 75th birthday present was a 15,000ft skydive has used it to raise £2,500 for charity.
Peter Smith, from Downend, plunged from an aeroplane above Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton in Devon.
His wife Rachel and four children clubbed together to buy him the present last year but because of covid restrictions and weather delays Peter had to wait until the end of May to finally make the jump.
He was accompanied by sons Russell and Dorian.
Peter, a former deputy head at both St George and Merrywood schools, said: "It was an amazing, exhilarating experience, on a clear bright morning when you could see forever.
"The initial free fall from 15,000 ft takes your breath away and sucks your cheeks hollow. When the main chute is deployed, you start to enjoy the amazing views and float gently to a soft landing. "There was a point in mid-air when the guy I was diving with said 'look over your shoulder and you'll see your son'. It was Brilliant!"
Peter thanked all of the sponsors who helped him to raise a total of £2,500 – more than double his initial target of £1,000 – for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The charity has a shop in Downend where Rachel has volunteered for several years.