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Halstead: Dad to attempt world record jump in memory of son
9:00am Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A dad will be jumping out of a plane from 30,000 feet to raise money for the charity which helped his prematurely born son.
Conrad Swinfield-Wells, from Helions Bumpstead, will jump from a height higher than Mount Everest next month.
His son Tomas died at the age of only four-and-a-half months old after being struck down with bowel disease for a third time.
Conrad, 45, will be performing the jump in Memphis, USA, in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust, as part of a world record attempt for the highest tandem sky dive.
He said: "This may seem pretty extreme in terms of a fundraising adventure - its five-and-a-half miles above the earth - but I wanted to do something which celebrated the short life of my son Tomas."
“The thrill of doing this and achieving a record, far outweigh the dangers in my mind.
"The record is held by a Danish man who jumped in 2005 but if we have clear weather, bright and sunny and the barometric pressure is high we could very likely establish a new record for Guinness and get my name in the international record book."
After freefalling for two minutes, Conrad and the parachutist specialist accompanying him will open their parachutes at low altitude and float towards the ground.
The Sick Children’s Trust supported Conrad and his wife Jo, allowing the couple to stay at the charity’s Acorn House in Cambridge for free while Tomas received hospital treatment.
To donate, visit justgiving.com/30kdrop
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