Looking to make a New Year’s resolution with a difference? Brake, the national road safety charity, needs your help! 

    Every day, 70 people are killed or injured UK roads, sadly many of them are children or young people. To highlight this appalling carnage and to raise funds for families devastated by these tragedies, Brake, the road safety charity, is seeking 70 intrepid volunteers from the North West to do tandem parachute jumps at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham, Lancashire. 

    In 2012, parachute jumps are happening across the UK during the summer as part of a nationwide fundraising campaign by Brake to raise more than £15,000 in total. Registrations are taking place now to give participants plenty of time to fundraise. Funds raised will go towards Brake’s vital work supporting families bereaved and injured in road crashes and towards Brake’s community road safety campaigns. Brake cares for road crash victims through a helpline and support literature, and works in communities educating young drivers, company drivers, children and parents about how to use roads safely. 

    The volunteers who sign up to take part in this exciting and worthwhile challenge will complete the jump and training in one day. Harnessed to an experienced parachute instructor at all times, they will jump from at least 10,000 feet, just like the professionals, freefall down to 5,000 feet falling through the air at 120mph and then ride the parachute down to the ground. Volunteers will receive a certificate to prove that they have completed a “two mile high” Tandem Skydive and will have memories that will last a lifetime! 

    Bev Brady took part in a parachute jump in 2011. She says “I decided to a parachute jump to raise money and awareness for Brake. Shockingly, my son’s 16 year old friend, called Eddie, was killed by a speeding, drunk driver. I wanted to do something positive, and let Eddie’s family know we were thinking of them and him.

    I was a little unsure, but I spoke to Lisa at Brake, and by the end of the phonecall, I had agreed to do it! I hate heights, but I thought my fears were nothing compared to what the family was going through. On the day I explained to instructor my fears, he was brilliant and calm. I jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet and I loved it! If it saves the life of one person, it is worth it. Eddies family said it was a great tribute to him and I would do it again tomorrow, it was amazing.” 

    Katie Shephard, fundraising director at Brake, said: “Make a fantastic New Year resolution today and sign up to do a parachute jump for Brake in 2012. By taking part in this exciting challenge, you’ll be supporting people who need your help and raising awareness about the devastation that road crashes are causing to 70 families every day on UK roads.”