Olympic diver, Blake Aldridge, executed the biggest dive of his life when he made a solo jump from 12,000 feet for charity last weekend.
The stunt was to raise money for "Brake", a road safety charity, in memory of Blake's best friend and synchronised diving partner, Gavin Brown, who was killed in a hit and run accident in Southampton in April 2007 at the age of 22.
After spending a full day training for the occasion at Headcorn Airfield, Maidstone, Blake made the dive in beautiful weather, free falling to 5,500 feet, then guiding himself down to make a perfect landing.
"It was a truly exhilarating experience," he enthused. "I am hooked! I did this for Gavin, but as in life he has inspired me to do something really sensational that I may not otherwise have tried. It seemed a really great way to remember him, because it is just the sort of thing he would have challenged me to do if he were still here!"
Blake's jump has raised over £1,000 for Brake so far. He is currently also heavily involved in fundraising to support the diving programme in Southampton, having headed up a grand summer raffle sponsored by "One Touch" Facilities and Solutions. The draw, which features a first prize of £500, will be made on Saturday 11th July.
Chair of the Friends of Southampton Diving Academy, Annie Clewlow, paid tribute to his efforts. "Since the Olympic Games last summer Blake has put a great deal of energy into his charity work, which has also involved work with a number of schools including Linden Lodge, a school for multi disabled visually impaired youngsters. It is great to see him using his good fortune to help others in this way."
Blake trains with Olympic coach, Lindsey Fraser, at the Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton and is now heavily engaged in the run up to the Olympics in London 2012.
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