Saving Red Kite Children"™s Centre: Erroll"™s Sky Dive
Thame Rotary Club"™s President, Erroll Bateman, 81, made a 12,500ft Tandem Sky Dive with the Red Devils display team at Old Sarum near Salisbury on 5th July 2016.
Mission accomplished! Thame Rotary Club’s President Erroll Bateman completed his charity sky dive from 12,500ft on Tuesday 5 July. The jump which involved a 45 second free fall, took place at the Old Sarum Airfield, organised by the Parachute Regiment’s Free Fall Team, the famous Red Devils.
Erroll commented: “Rotary Club of Thame’s major charity this year is Red Kite Children’s Centre, which, as many know, is threatened with closure, making life even more difficult for their 1,500 clients all of whom come from Thame and surrounding district.”
Red Kite provides parenting programmes, “stay and play” sessions, family health services, plus much needed help for young mothers and many other like services. Erroll described their work as absolutely essential to the wider community in and around Thame, as well as Chinnor and neighbouring villages.
Erroll added: “The last free fall jump I did was in 1969, so before exiting the aircraft with my instructor LCpl Lee Crudgington, nerves were at high level! However, previous training clicked in, massively helped by Corporal Lee, which made the whole experience very exciting.”
Erroll said: “If you feel strongly, as I do, about this worthy, local cause, please do visit the Thame Rotary “My Donate” page dedicated to my sky dive and make a contribution. The site will be open until 4 December 2016 long after the jump!”
This is not Erroll’s first fund raising challenge. In 2006, he with other fellow Rotarians climbed UK’s “3 Peaks” in less than 24 hours, raising over £7,000 for Sight Savers International.
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