Thursday 11th September 2014 – 11.50am – Chris Kowalik.
A volunteer lifesaver from Worcestershire is set to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane at about 15,000 feet. Whilst this may not seem like a very logical thing to do, for Community First Responder Ian Woodhall, it is a way of celebrating losing a significant amount of weight.
Ian will make the solo jump at Tilstock airfield in North Shropshire on Saturday, 13th September after spending the day there training for it.
It won’t be his first solo parachute jump as he explained: “I did one about 25 years ago. Recently I lost three-and-a-half stone in weight and wanted to do something to celebrate that. The idea of the parachute jump cropped up and I thought I would go for it!”
Ian, 53 from Stourport, is a member of Kidderminster Community First Responder scheme covering the Wyre Forest and surrounding villages.
They are all volunteers trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator. They could be called upon by the ambulance service’s control room to attend a medical emergency while a blue-light emergency vehicle is en-route.
Ian’s parachute jump will fundraise for the Kidderminster CFR scheme.
To sponsor Ian, visit his fundraising website page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wyreresponder