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Diet driver joins bid for skydiving record
MOST people find jumping out of a perfectly serviceable plane hard enough, but for one man it has been an extra challenge.
On Sunday Chris Everett, 55, will be taking part in a skydive to raise money for charity.
However, to fulfil his life-long ambition he has had to go through a dramatic lifestyle change.
“Doing a skydive is something I have always wanted to do but it just wasn’t possible,” said Chris, of Park North.
“I weighed more than 25st 14 months ago, so doing something like this just wasn’t on the cards.
“I have now lost 11st and cannot wait to do the dive.”
Chris, a delivery driver, will be doing a tandem jump, as will colleague Hayley Smith, 35, who works as a service adviser.
They will make the jump on Sunday from the Redlands Airfield, near Wanborough.
It will be a fall from 10,000ft, but Chris does not believe he will have any hesitations when it comes to jumping.
“It has always been a dream of mine to do a jump so I reckon I’ll be quite confident when I get up in the air,” he said.
“There will be a few nerves but I think I’ll be fine on the day.”
Chris previously led an unhealthy lifestyle which led to him becoming unwell. He decided to change his ways and get into shape.
He said: “I used to eat a lot of unhealthy and fatty food. I’m a driver so it was usually a pie or something similar for lunch.
“I got an infected gall bladder so decided it was time for a change. It was not easy but I now live much healthier and feel great for it.”
He has cut out fatty foods and now makes sure his meals contain fresh fruit and vegetables.
Chris’s new regime meant that when the opportunity to fulfil his dream came up, he was ready.
“Someone I work with came down and told everyone about the chance to do the skydive,” he said.
“I thought it was a great chance both do something I really wanted to do while also raising money for a great cause.”
The jump he is taking part in is part of a world record attempt to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity.
They are hoping to complete the biggest number of tandem jumps over a weekend.
It is hoped there will be more than 75 jumps at Redlands alone on Saturday and Sunday as they attempt to achieve 350 in total, across Devon, Kent and North-amptonshire.
So far, Chris and Hayley have between them raised more than £1,000.
If you would like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/ christopher-everett2/
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