81-year-old Erroll all set for skydive

Erroll Bateman
Erroll Bateman

The incoming president of Thame Rotary Club is taking on a daredevil challenge to skydive from 12,000 feet.

Erroll Bateman, 81, is taking the plunge with the Red Devils display team at Old Sarum near Salisbury in Wiltshire next month.

Mr Bateman is completing the skydive in aid of the Red Kite Thame Children’s Centre, one of the rotary club’s chosen charities.

The children’s centre could be closed under plans announced by Oxfordshire County Council.

Mr Bateman described their work as absolutely essential to the community of Thame.

Mr Bateman has been preparing intensively in the past couple of months for the skydive with fitness sessions at Racquets in Thame and a simulated sky dive at AirKix in Milton Keynes.

He said: “If you feel strongly, as I do, about this worthy, local cause, please do visit the Thame Rotary “My Donate” page dedicated to my sky dive and make a contribution.

“The site will be open until 1 September 2016 long after the jump!”

This is not Mr Bateman’s first fundraising challenge as in 2006, along with other rotarians he climbed the UK’s “Three Peaks” in less than 24 hours, raising more than £7,000 for Sight Savers International.

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Red Kite provides services including play activities and health guidance.