Tandem skydive in aid of spinal injury charity

FANCY jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet in the name of a good cause?

Ballygally man Peter Steele is urging thrill-seeking local people to sign up for his latest fundraising endeavour to help secure vital funds for his charity, Spinal Injury Northern Ireland (SpINI).

Peter, who was left paralysed from the waist down after a freak accident in 2009, set up the charity in an effort to help others in his position.

The sponsored skydive is the latest in a long line of fundraising initiatives designed to benefit SpINI, with previous events including a Tour de Glens cycle run and an epic climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Participants will free-fall for 7,000 feet in a dual harness with a professional instructor, before the parachute is opened and they both glide safely to the ground.

The skydive is suitable for able-bodied and disabled people alike.

So far, about 20 brave people have signed up for the event, but Peter is keen to bring more on board. The jump will take place on February 12 at Moonjumper, Coleraine.

Anyone interested should contact the charity’s office on 028 2858 3867 or 078667 20804.