Great Western Air Ambulance pilot Jim Green has decided to go against everything he knows and throw himself from an aircraft in the name of charity.
Jim is used to being above the clouds as he pilots the air ambulance helictoper, but on 26th September he will be abandoning ship and plummeting through the air alone in order to raise funds for the charity.
It’s not in a pilot’s nature to leave the aircraft mid-flight, and the critical care team that Jim flies with have said that in general, they would prefer Jim to stay inside the aircraft.
However on this occasion Jim is taking on the challenge of a solo static line parachute jump in order to raise money and awareness of the cause.
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is the local air ambulance for Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and receives no day to day government funding.
Part of the 999 emergency response service, GWAAC flies with a critical care team consisting of a highly trained and experienced Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor, who bring the skills and expertise of an Accident and Emergency Department to the patient.
Jim said: “As a pilot I’m hardwired against throwing myself out of a fully serviceable aircraft, but if it can help raise awareness of the work we do every day, it’s well worth the plunge!”
In 2014 the critical care team attended 1,385 jobs and it is estimated one in five people who would otherwise die are saved by the actions of the GWAAC clinical team.
Great Western air Ambulance Charity now needs £2.3 million per year in order to stay operational.
You can sponsor Jim and support the charity here: Jim Green’s Sky Dive.