Plane crazy?! Mayor to take on charity skydive

THE Mayor of Rotherham will take fundraising to new heights this weekend – when he skydives from 15,000ft to support his chosen charities.

Cllr Robert Taylor will be swapping his mayoral chains for a jumpsuit and parachute at Skydive Hibaldstow on Sunday, in aid of Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, the Common Lands of Rotherham (or Feoffees) and Hope – South Yorkshire, which provides fire, road and water related trauma support.

“Everyone thinks I’m crazy but a skydive is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Cllr Taylor said.

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“When I started my year as the Mayor of Rotherham I promised to throw myself into everything and experience as much as I could.

“True to my word, I’ll now be throwing myself out of a plane and, bizarrely, I’m really looking forward to it.”

He will be joined by daughter-in-law Rose Taylor, who will also split her fundraising between the mayor’s charities.

Daniel Hartley, executive director of people at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Julie Newcombe and Samantha Inman, who both work in sterile services, will also take part.

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Daniel, who joined the trust in June, said: “I wanted to start my time at the trust in style and do something amazing to raise money for the NHS.

“In 2013, my dad received a kidney transplant from a living donor – a friend he had been at university with in 1968!

“It saved his life and changed our family life forever and that made me want to work for the NHS and to raise money.”

Sam added: “It’s amazing to see people doing sponsored walks, runs and tea parties but I wanted to aim higher and do a skydive.

“I’m nervous but excited about taking part.

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“I think it will be mind over matter when it comes to looking over the edge of the plane.”

Rachael Dawes, head of fundraising, said: “It’s going to be an exhilarating challenge and a brilliant way to make memories, which will last a lifetime.

“We can’t wait for the big day!”