Mayor takes the plunge for charity

Mayor of Thame Cllr Nichola Dixon completes her charity parachute jump
Mayor of Thame Cllr Nichola Dixon completes her charity parachute jump

The Mayor of Thame has raised more than £1,400 for two town charities after completing a parachute jump from 12,000 feet.

Cllr Nichola Dixon said she would be willing to ‘do it again’ after completing the daredevil challenge at the weekend.

The money raised from the jump will be split between the Thame and District Day Centre and Thame to Thame, the fundraising effort to build a school in Thame in Nepal.

Afterwards Cllr Dixon said: “I had made a comment prior to standing for mayor that if I ever got in I would throw myself out of a plane!

“I assumed I would be nervous but I had spent so long preparing for it I didn’t really have time to worry about it.

“On the morning drive to the airfield I started feeling a bit nervous but the guys from the London Parachute School really helped reassure me.

“I had some family and friends and other councillors come and support me on the day and they helped to keep me calm.

“On the drive there it was a bit cloudy but the weather couldn’t have been better for the actual jump.”

Cllr Dixon jumped at the Chiltern Park Aerodrome on Saturday lunchtime alongside members of the London Parachute School.

She said: “I would like to thank the guys from the parachute school who accompanied me.

“I have now been given temporary membership of the Parachute Association so I may do another one.

“It was one of the best things I have ever done.

“In terms of other fundraising, coming up we have the mayor’s ball and next year I am thinking about organising a quiz and a golf day.”

To donate towards Cllr Dixon’s fundraising efforts this year visit www.gofundme/mayorofthame.