CHIEF Constable Kier Pritchard will be the fall guy this weekend when he skydives to help Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans appeal.

He is going to be one of 100 people dropping out of aircraft to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

He admitted: "I am really looking forward to the skydive, albeit I am a little apprehensive about jumping from a plane at 10,000 feet.

"When you look at some of the statistics relating to homeless people, it really does speak volumes. For example, the average life expectancy of a homeless person in this country is just 47, and at least 78 homeless people died in the UK last winter. These are really shocking statistics.

“I am told 15 per cent of ex-service men and women struggle to engage and make a positive transition into civilian life so this charity is really vital in providing them with support they need to overcome issues around mental health, transferring skills from the military to civilian employment, secure housing and learn to integrate into society."

Also among the intrepid thrillseekers taking part in the event on Saturday at Old Sarum Airfield, is High Sheriff of Wiltshire Nicky Alberry.

Alabaré’s community engagement officer Laura Knight said: “The event is special in the sense that whilst commemorating those that served in World War One, we can also ensure that we are there for the heroes that need our help today.”

The charity has 124 beds in homes across the south of England and Wales to help veterans of all ages to overcome issues that have led them to become homeless.

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