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ELDC Chairman’s parachute jump for Louth Hospital

Councillor Robert Palmer enjoys his charity skydive on Wednesday, July 30. EMN-140108-143311001

Councillor Robert Palmer enjoys his charity skydive on Wednesday, July 30. EMN-140108-143311001

ELDC Chairman, Coun Robert Palmer, is continuing his bid to raise funds for Louth Hospital’s Urology Department following his 15,000ft parachute jump on Wednesday (July 30).

The 71-year-old long-standing North Somercotes councillor decided to take on the challenge in aid of the hospital department he says saved his life after being given a 20 per cent chance of survival following a diagnosis of cancer ten years ago.

Councillor Palmer jumped out of the plane at Hibaldstow airfield, near Brigg, at 15,000ft and encountered an adrenaline-fuelled free fall for 10,000ft, reaching terminal velocity at 120mph.

Although Councillor Palmer has parachuting experiencing from his time in the military, this was the first jump he’d done for around 40 years.

Coun Palmer said: “The experience brought back memories of my time in the army. I enjoyed every second of the jump and I’d like to sincerely thank the team at Hibaldstow.

“During my year as Council Chairman I want to raise as much money and awareness as possible in support of the Urology Ward, which does such a great job to support local people.”

Councillor Palmer has also raised money for the Urology Department during his previous term as District Council Chairman and Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council.

Anyone who would still like to make a donation to the Chairman’s charity can do so by sending a cheque made payable to ‘East Lindsey District Council’ to Chairman’s Charity, Member Services, Tedder Hall, Manby, LN11 8UP.

 

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