Jonathon’s spirits soar after charity sky dive

Jonny Foster prepares to land after his sky dive fundraiser in Co Londonderry on Saturday. INNT 38-567
Jonny Foster prepares to land after his sky dive fundraiser in Co Londonderry on Saturday. INNT 38-567

A Rathcoole man was left feeling on cloud nine after a daring sky dive for charity.

Jonathon Foster, 23, took to the air with the Wild Geese parachute team in Garvagh, Co Londonderry, to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

And like his skydiving exploits, Jonathon’s cash drive also went to new heights as he exceeded his fundraising target.

Jonathon collected £550 for the charity which was £100 more than his initial goal.

The sponsorship funds helped him raise money for a cause which is close to his heart.

Diabetes has hit his family hard - both his father and uncle have had to undergo amputations because of the illness.

The Chain Reaction Cycles employee said he was not nervous about leaping out from the heavens despite seeing a girl break her ankle after an unfortunate landing.

He was strapped to an instructor for the tandem jump at 13,000ft on September 15.

Jonathon said: “It was brilliant I would do it again.

“The freefall was the best thing. I freefalled for 45 seconds but it felt no more than 10 seconds.

“It was the first time I’ve done a sky dive. I was always thinking about doing one then I decided to with my dad and uncle losing limbs.

“My uncle lost his leg through the disease and my dad lost one toe and unfortunately another one.

“I raised £550 through sponsor sheets supported by family and friends.

“I researched it on the internet and I would love to do it again.”