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Daredevil Lymington pensioner Robin Long raises £4k for Wessex Cancer with 15,000-ft skydive

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A LYMINGTON octogenarian who fulfilled his dream to skydive has raised £4,000 for Wessex Cancer Trust.

Robin Long (88) took to the skies on 2nd July for the tandem jump over Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury.

Retired chartered surveyor Robin was joined by four younger friends, Theo Lewis, Rupert Duckworth, Marcus Hill and Joe Russell, who are in the same profession.

Robin Long did his first tandem skydive for charity
Robin Long did his first tandem skydive for charity

On landing, he said: “It was an unbelievable experience and I’ve survived to tell the tale.”

The daredevil pensioner, who is a Lymington Rotarian, was inspired to do the 15,000ft leap after watching a presentation during a recent club session.

The men had hoped to raise £2,500 towards continued support for cancer patients across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Robin has previously completed a Peking to Paris drive in a 1934 Sunbeam car in 2007, raising £30,000 for a Poole school for children with disabilities.

Robin raised £4,000 for charity
Robin raised £4,000 for charity

After leaping from the plane, Robin enjoyed freefall for over a minute at a speed of more than 125 miles per hour before his parachute opened and he came down gradually to the ground over about 15 minutes.

He saw many sights on his descent including Salisbury Cathedral, the Isle of Wight, Stonehenge, Marlborough and right across to the Cotswolds.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/5goskydiving

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