Daredevil staff from Harpenden school take the plunge

PUBLISHED: 06:49 18 August 2010

l-r is: Mark Towler, the tandem instructor whose name, we don’t know, Laura Gorringe, Alan Jones in green and last right Tim De Quincey, head of English, 57.

l-r is: Mark Towler, the tandem instructor whose name, we don’t know, Laura Gorringe, Alan Jones in green and last right Tim De Quincey, head of English, 57.

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DAREDEVIL staff from a Harpenden school took the plunge to raise money for a soldiers’ charity.

The quartet from St George’s School – Laura Gorringe, Mark Towler, Tim De Quincey and Alan Jones – joined 60 fundraisers who made the leap of a lifetime at the Army Parachute Association in Netheravon, Wiltshire.

They took to the skies from 13,000ft in tandem freefall jumps to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

They were inspired to take part following a visit to St George’s from the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment’s renowned Tigers Parachute Display Team for the charity’s Big Curry Event.

Laura, head of catering at the school, said before the jump: “If five minutes of our time will raise lots of money for our brave soldiers and The Soldiers’ Charity then it makes jumping out of a plane so worthwhile.”

Afterwards Tim, head of English, commented: “It was unbelievable – just over too quickly! I’ve never done it before and I’m 57. After the Tigers came, me being me, I volunteered for this.”

They have raised £2,000 so far for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity which directly supports soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need.

The quartet was representing Watts House at St George’s and plan to go along to the next jump at the same location on October 1.

Tim added: “We’re hoping that, with another six [staff] coming in October, we can reach a target of £4,000 and I think we’ll do it.”

A few places are still available for the October 1 jump and to find out more information call 0845 034 7966 or email kirvine@soldierscharity.org. An information pack can be downloaded at www.soldierscharity.org


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