84-year-old twins set for 8,000 foot sky dive to raise charity cash

By agency reporter
March 8, 2013

Two 84-year-old twins are teaming up for a charity skydive to raise money for the churches' international development charity Christian Aid.

Pensioners Frank and Ralph Land will be jumping out of a plane at 8000 feet on April 1st - April Fool’s Day - to raise money to support some of the world’s poorest people.

Making the feat a true family affair, the duo have also managed to recruit four of Frank’s grandchildren to take part in the challenge.

Ralph, from London, is doing the dive in memory of his wife Jacqueline, who he lost to pancreatic cancer three years ago, and to help Frank celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary.

Frank, who lives in Totnes, said of his marriage to wife Ailsa: "In our 60 years together we have brought up a family and have completed fulfilling careers in industry and academia. But in that time we have seen much misery worldwide, particularly in the less developed world.

"Our diamond jubilee brings our family and some good friends together, and provides an opportunity for all of us to make some contribution to the lives of others less fortunate then ourselves.

"Christian Aid's initiative in organising the sky dive in the middle of our celebrations was too good an opportunity to miss.

"I tried to convince my children to take part, but they refused. However, my grandchildren agreed to do it instead, so it will be the oldies and the young 'uns."

Ralph Land is also supporting Christian Aid, along with Cancer Research UK. He said: "Half the proceeds of my skydive will go to Christian Aid to support a number of vital international projects, to aid some of the millions of vulnerable people caught up in war zones, natural disasters and poverty.

"The other half will go to Cancer Research UK, specifically to seek treatment for a devastating cancer with, currently, very low survival rates."

Accompanying the pair on their charity plummet are Frank’s grandchildren Izzy Burr, aged 28, from Totnes, Emma Place, aged 22, a student at Nottingham University, Adam Place, aged 26, and Chloe Place, aged 24, both from Bristol.

The jump will take place at 10am on 1 April 2013 at Dunkeswell Airfield, in Devon, England.

* To sponsor Frank go to http://www.justgiving.com/Frank-Land1. To sponsor Ralph visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/RalphLand.

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