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Leap of faith for Ross
A PORTLAND thrill-seeker threw himself out of a plane for charity.
After joking with his family that he wanted to take part in an ‘adrenaline experience,’ Ross Boatswain, from Wheatlands, Portland, was presented with a skydiving voucher for his 21st birthday.
The engineering firm worker decided to turn this birthday ‘treat’ into a fundraising opportunity by getting family, friends and colleagues to sponsor him in his adventure.
Ross said that a couple of years ago his family lost their relation, Peter Lynham, in a tragic accident at sea.
He said that Coastwatch did a lot to help trying to find him and the family had done a lot of fundraising for the charity.
He said: “It was an easy choice to pick the charity.”
He added: “They mean a lot to us. They do a lot of hard work and it’s all voluntary.”
Ross said that the Portland Coastwatch had been really appreciative when he presented them with a cheque for £520.
He said: “It was so nice to see their faces when I handed the money over.”
Nerves hadn’t played a part in the skydive until Ross had seen a few of the other skydivers jump out and they had turned round in the plane for the second drop.
But he joked: “You don’t get much choice in the matter – you are attached to someone that wants to jump out.”
He described the jump as ‘fantastic and exhilarating.’ The donation also included donations made by guests at the family party held to celebrate Ross and twin sister Hana's 21st birthdays, dad Paul's 50th birthday and his grandparent's 55th wedding anniversary.
Geoff Peters from NCI Portland said he and the volunteers were delighted by Ross’s generosity.
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