BBC Radio presenters 10,000ft charity skydive
Vicki Archer, a radio presenter who co-hosts the popular afternoon show on BBC Radio Shropshire, has undertaken a 10,000ft charity skydive to raise vital funds for disabled children in the county.
The mother of three, who lives in Shrewsbury, travelled to Tilstock airfield, near Whitchurch, Shropshire, to complete the jump.
Money raised from the hair-raising, free-fall, challenge, has boosted the charity coffers of Caudwell Children, helping us to continue providing practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families in the region.
Vicki, who has been a presenter at BBC Radio Shropshire for the last 10 years, said she was compelled to fundraise for the charity after finding out, online, about the support that it gives to disabled children.
“I know a lot of people who have children who haven’t had the best of starts in life,” explained Vicki. “By doing something as simple as this you can help Caudwell Children to provide family support together with a range of specialist equipment, therapies, short brakes and holidays to disabled children.”
Vicki is no newcomer to fundraising but says that this is the most extreme way in which she has raised funds for a charitable cause. She said: “I think many of my friends thought I was going through a mid-life crisis when they found out that I was going to do the jump.
“They could understand why I wanted to do it but they thought I was mad. I know that my late father would have been proud of me but I have to say I didn’t really think too much about what I was doing until the day of the jump.”
Vicki says that the challenge was over extremely quickly. As she explained: “I arrived at the airfield at 8:00am to fill in a number of health and safety forms, after which we had a thorough briefing.
“I was then introduced to Tony, my tandem skydiver, who told that he had done over 6,000 jumps, which was very reassuring.
“He was a lovely man who put me at ease by telling me loads of jokes and he kept everything really matter of fact.”
At 9:15am Vicki, and four other parachutists, headed out to the plane. “It was incredibly exciting, as we climbed to 10,000ft,” said Vicki. “Before I knew it the door of the plane was opened and I watched a couple of the other skydivers go through it before it was my turn.
“It was a cold and crisp day and the temperature was minus six degrees, but I had been advised to wear a good number of layers of clothing.
“The jump itself was simply extraordinary! The noise of the air was deafening as we plunged towards the earth at 120 mile an hour.
“But when the chute opened everything suddenly became tranquil and I had loads of time to take in the amazing views of the North Shropshire countryside.”
Halfway through the decent Vicki had time to take off her goggles before enjoying a soft and safe landing in a local field. “We missed all the cow poo,” said a relieved Vicki. “Nothing in life can give you that moment of free-falling and then slowly floating back down to earth.
”It was all over and done with by 9:45am!”
Vicki says that she would recommend people to take on the challenge. As she explained: “Don’t think too much about it, if you’re even considering it that means that you can do it.
“Just sign up, it will be the most memorable experience of your life. It’s like watching an action film in 3D but you’re actually in it.
“And what’s more you’re changing the lives of disabled children. What’s not to love about that?”
You can support Vicki through her Just Giving page here.
You can register to take on a skydive for Caudwell Children here.