Six self-styled ‘Geriatric Geronimos’ – with an aggregate age of over 360 years
– will take a leap of faith on 22nd May over Strathallan
Airfield in a team tandem skydive for three good causes.
they did it!
sky's the limit
from left, Mike Williams, Brian Mitchell, Tom Sunter, Bill
Runciman, David Steele and Gerry Gillespie celebrate as their fund-raising thermometer
goes off the scale.
to many many donors, large and small, we have already received over £11,000
and gifts are still arriving. We will distribute all of this money to our three
on the Jumpnuts project
Rotary Club's Geriatric Geronimos are walking on air after their self-funded tandem
skydive at Strathallan Airfield in May poured pennies from heaven - more than
£11,000 of them - into the coffers of their three chosen charities.
six JumpNuts, with an aggregate age of over 360 years, raised £5500 for
Rachel House, Kinross, run by the Children's Hospice Association (Scotland), with
the remaining half being split between two of Rotary's global campaigns - £3500
to supply ShelterBoxes to disaster victims and £2000 to achieve a polio-free
Tom Sunter, leader of the JumpNuts - average, age 61 - said, "The volunteers
and staff of CHAS do a remarkable job. We're only delighted to offer some support,
even though it can never be enough.
"The prime reason for the existence
of Rotary is service to the community. It's what we do. It was great to do something
for youngsters - particularly as we JumpNuts have all reached the age when actions
creak louder than words!"
'chuting stars went overboard for the three causes at 10,000 feet, reaching a
maximum speed of 120 mph before pulling the ripcord at 5000 feet.
JumpNuts were Dunfermline GP Gerry Gillespie; IT specialist Brian Mitchell; Bill
Runciman, retired secretary of the Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trusts;
David Steele, Naval Liaison Officer (Scotland); Tom Sunter, the last Royal Naval
base commander at Rosyth and former executive director of the Institute of Directors
(Scotland); and local entrepreneur and veteran athlete, Mike Williams.
of their respective ages, all six JumpNuts required prior medical clearance
certify they were free of such conditions as current neuroses requiring active
treatment, a history of psychosis or pathological euphoria!
Dr Gillespie summed
up the experience thus: "Nerves of steel
legs like jelly! Fabulous flight.
Thankfully the 'chute opened!"
'arenalin junkie' Bill Runciman recalled, "The weather was splendid, with
views for miles when airborne. The free-fall part is exciting. The descent under
the chute is all too short. I would happily have done it several times "Tom
Sunter and I were in the plane together, with our buddies on our respective backs.
Also in the plane was a solo flier - and, of course, the pilot. My buddy looked
at everyone and asked for our ages. The six of us totalled 342 years! When he
added on the age of the plane, it became frightening!"
Sunter adds, "It was a long hot wait
the ascent was slow and nervy
freefall utterly exhilarating. "As the parachute opened, this 68-year-old
idiot shouted, 'Fantastic! I was disappointed when the parachute opened.' In a
very dry voice, the instructor merely said, 'I wasn't!'"
had a second happy landing when he was named Dunfermline Rotary Club's Rotarian
of the Year for 2009-2010. He received the Alistair Brown Trophy for his "unique
leadership style" and his support of the JumpNuts team in delivering, from
concept to reality, his "hare-brained idea" of a parachute jump for
accepting the £5500 cheque from Past-President Noel McKenna, Jon Heggie,
CHAS regional fundraising manager said, "The JumpNuts have raised an absolutely
terrific amount of money and I am thrilled to accept this cheque on behalf of
CHAS. We are hugely grateful to all our supporters, like the JumpNuts, who help
us raise enough money each year to provide our vital hospice services for children,
young people and their families throughout Scotland."
Heggie said the club had already contributed a "phenomenal" £16,000
in donations since 1994.
(l to r):
-Tom Sunter,Mike Williams,Bill Spence,Bill Runciman,David Steele,Brian Mitchell,
Gerry Gillespie, Alan Mutter
- Jon Heggie, Noel Mckenna
31st May you can still help by sponsoring a brave skydiver.
we will raise money for the good causes shown on the left. Click on their badge
to see what they will do with our money.
simplest way to help is to sponsor one of our JumpNuts.
they are - just Click on the one you want to sponsor.
prefer, you can make donations by cheque or cash. Please send them to Jumpnuts,
Thomson Cooper, 3 Castle Court, Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline, KY11 8PB
make cheques payable to Rotary Club of Dunfermline.
here to sponsor the whole team or for business sponsorship.,
you, on behalf of all the people your gift will help.
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