Even when not carrying bananas our gorillas like to do their bit for Teenage Cancer Trust. All year the sites have been raising funds in their own ways and 26th September was no exception for the Alice Holt tribe.
With clouds above, solid ground below and churning stomachs somewhere in between, Louise, Viki, Sophie, Sam and Dennis headed out to Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury to skydive from 10000ft for Teenage Cancer Trust.
10am: Check in and safety brief … and lesson in ‘practical body positions’!
11am: Egg and bacon muffins … makes a change from leaves and bananas.
12 noon: The first plane takes off, the clouds part, the plane disappears, the plane comes down. No jump. Sad faces.
1pm: BLUE SKY IN THE DISTANCE.
1.30pm: The plane takes off and parachutes come down.
2.30pm: Viki discovers our tribe are all on the next plane up. Nerves seriously kick in!
3.30pm: Our names are called.
3.45pm: Gorilla Sam and friends are harnessed up. Ready to fly!
4.00pm: TAKE OFF! The ground gets smaller, the sky gets bigger.
4.15pm: 10000ft. Dennis goes very quiet. Louise won’t let go of the plane.
4.16pm: JUMP!! We fall through the air at 120mph, dropping 5000ft in 30 seconds, pulling faces at the cameraman as we go. The parachute opens and we float down through the clouds, arms outstretched.
Views are spectacular across Salisbury and even the Isle of Wight.
4.20pm: TOUCHDOWN! Happy faces. A few more photos and a group hug. Hurrah, we mashed it!
4.25pm: CHAMPAGNE TIME. No one can quite believe we’ve done it!
Thanks to all those who sponsored us for this great cause and for everyone’s support. We are all ready for a 15000ft jump!
You can still donate at justgiving.com/Go-Ape-Alice-Holt