The Mayor of Worcester is getting ready to swap his chain of office for a ripcord.
Councillor Steve Mackay has announced he will be joining army paratroopers to jump out of a plane at 12,000ft – in the hope of raising £500 for three local charities.
And the Mayor is calling on city residents to sign up to sponsor him to ensure his funding target isn’t just pie in the sky. Sponsor him here.
“I do have a few butterflies, but it’s a personal challenge and a great way of raising funds for what I think are three really important charities and I hope Worcester people will support me,” he said.
The Mayor will be channeling his inner Biggles and hitting the heights on 7 March 2018 when he joins the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers for parachute training in Wiltshire.
The Mayor dropped in on the Worcester branch of Boston Tea Party as part of preparation for his charity sky dive
He said: “I’ll be jumping with trained paratroopers, so they’re obviously used to throwing themselves out of planes at 12,000ft.
“It’s a slightly daunting experience for me, but I’ll be doing a tandem jump with an experienced paratrooper strapped to my back, so I’m sure everything will go well.
“I’ll only actually be given any training on the morning of the jump. How am I preparing in the meantime? I’m trying not to think about it!”
Cllr Mackay has been spurred on to turn daredevil in order to raise money for his three charities:
- Headway Worcestershire, a local charity supporting people affected by brain injury
- Victim Support, an independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events
- Onside Advocacy, a local organisation which ensures that those having either physical or mental ill-health issues will be well represented, and are not discriminated against.
He said: “I have personal connections with all these charities and I know they provide important support for many vulnerable people who are not in a good place and often can’t always speak up for themselves.
“Please dig deep to support my sky dive – go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com to sponsor me.”