Thornbury Splats' skydive is a breeze
5:32pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A BOLD trio from Thornbury, who leapt 10,000ft from a plane as their anxious families watched on, have told the Gazette they would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Juliet Booth, 40, Sally Compton, 31, and Lucy Luke, 36, whose children all attend Crossways School, conquered their fear at a charity skydive on Saturday, September 28 in aid of Survival, the NSPCC and Anthony Nolan.
Despite initial apprehension and full-blown panic ahead of the big jump- for one of them at least- the daunting plunge was a breeze according to the Thornbury Splats, the trio's humourous moniker.
"I was not too bad until right before," said Sally, who works in administration and accounts. "I had never been on a small plane before. They just slide the door and the person in your tandem just shuffles you towards it. And you jump, they don't count to three.
"The free-fall was the best part."
Juliet, whose expression on the plane veered, according to her friends, from excitement one minute to pure terror the next, said: "It was just brilliant. When you jump it doesn't feel like you are falling at all. It's more like you are floating.
"I do remember thinking at one point 'I need to breathe right now'."
Lucy, a massage therapist, was the most serene out of the group and almost went for a snooze minutes before the jump.
"It was chilled on the plane," she said. "It was so comfortable I could have fallen asleep. I found the skydive really peaceful."
The mums have raised £2,800 altogether, surpassing their initial target by £1,300.
Juliet, a stay-at-home mum, said: "Everybody has been brilliant donating and the parents at the school have been very supportive. I felt like a bit of a celebrity at the school on Monday."
The challenge has earned Sally, Juliet and Lucy some serious cool points from their impressed children, most of whom are now counting the days until they are old enough to follow in their brave mother's footsteps.
Survival, Lucy's chosen charity champions the rights of tribal people. Sally is raising funds for the NSPCC.
Juliet picked Anthony Nolan, the organisation which allowed her husband Steve, who suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
To make a donation to the Splats visit www.justgiving.com/teams/splats
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