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Felixstowe: Charity skydivers say jump was an amazing experience

09:00 22 November 2012

Emma Lake, of Felixstowe, and her brother David Pacey and skydive partner Tom after the jump.

Emma Lake, of Felixstowe, and her brother David Pacey and skydive partner Tom after the jump.

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TWO women who took part in a record-breaking tandem parachute jump to raise cash for soldiers severely injured in conflicts around the world say they can’t wait to do it again.

Karen Stratford and Emma Lake, both from Felixstowe, each raised more than £700 for the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association (Blesma) by taking part in the event called Fall for the Fallen.

The skydive, in which 350 people took part for Blesma and SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, set a new world record for the most tandems in nine hours, completing 201 during that time.

Emma’s brother, Army Commando Sgt David Pacey, 30, originally from Felixstowe but now based at Poole, organised the four days of fundraising, pulling together a team of 30 instructors and volunteers. They are already planning a similar event next year.

“On the day I was very nervous as I’d have never been in a plane before, let alone jump out of one!” said Emma.

“The free fall at 130mph was the ultimate feeling ever, so hard to describe.

“Once the parachute had opened and we were gliding down the view was breathtaking, you could see for miles. It was a sunny day, too, which helped.

“It really was like I was floating in the sky. I now know why birds sing and why people skydive!

“It was an awesome experience, one that will stay with me forever and I am signing up for next year.”

Karen, 32, who has a 19-month-old son Alexander, said: “It was an amazing experience.

“I had no fear whatsoever as I knew I was in safe hands and completely trusted my instructor and all the staff involved.

“I was lucky enough to have Sgt Pacey film my tandem jump, so I have some amazing photos of my experience.

“I loved it and can’t wait to sign up for the next event, and I want to thank everyone who sponsored me to take part to help the soldiers, especially Brinor and CGL for their generous help.”

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