Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Bishop of Norwich has taken a “leap of faith” as he jumped out a plane high over the Suffolk countryside in aid of a charity close to his heart.
On Saturday the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, descended from the skies on a skydive at Ellough airfield near Beccles to raise funds for The Matthew Project, a drug and alcohol charity in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Bishop Graham was joined by 17 other brave souls on the UK Parachuting-run skydive, including his wife Julie, son Dominic and Henry and Ski Cator.
The bishop and Mr Cator are both patrons of the charity, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is set for a £15,000 boost thanks to the group of daredevil skydivers.
Bishop Graham said: “I called it a “leap of faith” and it was certainly that, and an exhilarating one.
“As a family, we have raised in the region of £6000. One of the great things was to see so many who jumped on behalf of The Matthew Project. As patrons. Henry Cator and I would like to thank everyone for their support. It’s the best way to celebrate The Matthew Project’s 30th birthday.”
Others taking part included Bob Rose, recently retired from Larking Gowen, Mark Jeffries of Mills and Reeve and Alex Sargeant of Strangers Coffee.
Sharon Hulbert, media and fundraising manager for the Matthew Project, said: “I am so relieved that all 18 skydivers landed safely, all with huge smiles on their faces. In total we hope to have raised in excess of £15,000, which is amazing.
“We are truly grateful to those who took part but also to those generous people who sponsored them.
“Monies raised will enable us to continue and to expand the services we currently offer to support those who are affected by drug and alcohol issues, whether it be the user themselves or those affected by someone else’s use.”
Anyone who wants to make donation in support of Bishop Graham’s skydive should visit www.justgiving.com/graham-james1.
The Matthew Project has organised a 1930’s charity ball at Sprowston Manor on Saturday, June 14. Tickets are £30 and are available at www.matthewproject.org/1930s-charity-ball.
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