Brave Barkston man James to skydive in aid of Guide Dogs charity

James Exton
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A Barkston man will take a ‘leap of faith’ by jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet in a tandem skydive for Guide Dogs.

Brave James Exton will take to the skies above Langar Airfield on July 15. Freefalling at speeds of up to 120mph, he will thunder for 45 seconds through the clouds for more than 5,000 feet before his parachute opens.

James aims to raise money for Guide Dogs, helping to fund the training of more four-legged heroes and other mobility services, providing people who are blind or partially sighted with life-changing freedom, mobility and independence.

He said: “Being disabled myself, I know how important it is to keep your independence, dignity and lead an active social life.

“I need my wheelchair to help me do what I want to do and a visually impaired person needs a guide dog in the same way.”

Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs is there to make sure they do not lose their freedom as well.

Fiona Froude, from the charity’s events team, said: “It costs around £50,000 to support each guide dog from birth to retirement and as our guide dog service receives no government funding, every penny raised will make a huge difference to people who are blind or partially sighted.”

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