Inspired Tony’s skydive for cause

Tony during his recent skydive.
Tony during his recent skydive.

A school IT technician has described his experience of taking part in a 15,000 feet tandem skydive for charity as ‘amazing’ after he was inspired by an ex-serviceman’s coastline trek around Britain.

Skegness man Tony Leggett who is afraid of heights, decided to take the plunge in aid of Help for Heroes after following the progress of former soldier Christian Nock’s awe-inspiring journey over Facebook.

Christian had already spent more than 300 days sleeping rough in mid June during his coastal tour to raise funds for the forces charity when Tony met his hero at The Chatsworth Hotel in Skegness. Christian is currently travelling around Inverness.

“I was originally inspired by Christian because what he was doing was so inspirational and, despite being scared of heights, that didn’t actually come into it at the time and it was truly amazing - if anyone is thinking about doing one, just do it,” said Tony.

The 42-year-old, father of two has actually exceeded his £500 minimum and managed to raise a staggering £1,365, with more coming in, which he hopes he can add to the thousands that Christian has raised so far.

Tony, who works at Skegness Grammar School, completed the tandem skydive, strapped to the front of a Red Devils expert, at Nottinghamshire’s Langar Airfield. He was flown to a height of 15,000 feet before taking the plunge - reaching a maximum speed of 140mph and an average of 125mph.

“It was brilliant I would love to do it again, we fell for 48 seconds free fall and we actually went through clouds, which I was able to touch,” Tony added. “My fear didn’t come into it. Once you’re up there, you might as well enjoy it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Anyone wishing to support Tony can still donate via his link