A PILOT swapped the cockpit for a parachute when he and his daughter jumped out of a plane for charity.
Marc Archer and his 16-year-old daughter Lucy, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft took on the challenge of a 13,000ft tandem parachute jump after being inspired by the fundraising efforts of their neighbour Mike Shattock.
Mike has been raising money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability. His wife Sam has been in the hospital since January 2010 after she suffered a cardiac arrest. So far he has raised £8,000 of the £10,000 target he has set.
Marc, who has a private pilot’s licence, and Lucy had to wait for about five hours for the cloudy weather conditions to pass before they could leap out of the plane. Their plane took off at about 5.10pm.
Marc and Lucy said they free-fell for about one minute before the canopy opened.
The daring duo are still collecting and counting their sponsorship and do not yet have a total.
Marc, who is a tax director at Bakkavor at Spalding, said: “It was absolutely amazing - the best thing I have ever done in my life. It was totally exhilarating.
“I am very proud of Lucy. When I was 16, I wouldn’t have been able to do that. I was scared enough at 48.”
Lucy, who is joining Peterborough Regional College in the autumn, has been busy collecting sponsorship for the challenge.
She said of the parachute jump: “It was quite scary when you were up in the plane and falling. But when you were parachuting it was quite nice and relaxing.”
To sponsor the pair go to www.justgiving.com/Marc-and-Lucy