Charity skydive with team Blesma by tandem skydiving for our wounded veterans.
Skydive for Blesma
Want to experience a charity skydive? Book your charity skydive today and help raise vital funds for our limbless veterans.
Two ways to get involved
Jump at the biggest dropzone in Devon at Dunkeswell airfield, EX14 4LG. We ask you pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £395 inclusive of the registration fee, and there's £16.85 payable on the day for insurance.
You can jump from anyone of these airfields throughout the UK on a day that suits you.
- St Andrews
The sponsorship varies depending on which UK airfield you pick.
What to expect?
Matt Weston was just 20 when he lost three limbs to a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
"All I remember is a flash, my ears ringing, and the sense of falling. I lost both my legs and my right arm below the elbow in the blast. My rehab has been long, slow and difficult. I was in intensive care for a while and was in hospital for three months, and I've just had my fiftieth operation."
"If my chair breaks and I can't repair it, Blesma will get it done. I was in a bad place after my injury but Blesma have been there for me, by my side from day one."
- What type of jump would you recommend?
The airfields offer three different jump types: - Tandem - Static line - Accelerated freefall.
The most popular skydive is a tandem jump. This is the perfect experience for your first time jump as you are attached to an instructor who does the majority of the work for you. This leaves you free to enjoy the view!
Both the static line and accelerated freefall jumps require a full day of training which you must pass before being able to complete these jumps.
- What are the weight restrictions? Highest and lowest?
The weight limits for men and women can vary dramatically between our airfields – you can click here to see the limits at each airfield. Just click on your selected airfield to see the details.
- What are the age restrictions?
For the tandem skydives the minimum age is 16 –however anyone aged 16 or 17 would need to have a parental consent form on the day of their jump. We send this out once you are booked on.
A few of our airfields have an upper age limit for tandem jumps: Cornwall has an upper age limit of 65, Lancaster and Whitchurch have a limit of 70 and Perthshire has a limit of 49.
- What if I have a disability – can I still jump?
Our airfields will look at each case individually so please contact our fundraising team and we can check for you.
With any medical condition- you will also need to have the medical form signed by a doctor.
- What if the weather isn’t looking good?
The one aspect of your day that is out of our control is definitely the weather – if the forecast is looking bad in the days leading up to your jump, you may be contacted by the airfield to reschedule, and you are free to contact the airfield yourself to ask about whether the jump will be going ahead. However, if you have not heard anything to the contrary, you must still turn up to your jump.
- Can I have supporters come with me on the day? What time should they arrive?
Of course you can bring along supporters! We would recommend that they arrive about an hour after your arrival time – this would give you time to have your training and get kitted up.
- What do I wear?
The airfield will provide you with a jumpsuit on the day. You just need to wear comfortable clothing underneath and suitable tie up shoes (trainers or something similar would be ideal).
|Squats||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Press Ups||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Sit Ups||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Star Jumps||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|On The Spot Jog||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
|Plank||30 Seconds||30 Seconds|
Fusilier Andy Barlow was injured in September 2006 while serving in Kajaki, Afghanistan. He lost his left leg above the knee. Since then, Andy has competed in Para Alpine skiing, been part of the first disabled sports programme set up by the British Military and now works as a Blesma Outreach Officer in the South.
|Chest Flys||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Tricep Kick Backs||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Over Head Tricep Dips||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Shoulder Press||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Sit Up / V Up||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
|Ab Crunches||10 Reps||30 Seconds|
Charmaine suffered a life-changing injury that led to an amputation after serving with the Royal Signals in Afghanistan in 2010. Since then she has competed at the 2017 Invictus Games, winning Silver in Powerlifting, Silver in Sitting Volleyball and Bronze in Wheelchair Basketball. After a break from sport, Charmaine is focusing on her fitness once again with regular gym sessions.
|Burpees||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Press Ups||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Sit Ups||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Lunge (Alternate Legs)||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Squat||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
|Shuttle Sprints||1 Minute||30 Seconds|
Stephen lost his left leg in 2007 while on patrol with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment in Basra, Iraq. After rehab, Stephen threw himself into sport, taking part in skiing, scuba diving, water skiing and kayaking. Now he competes in CrossFit competitions and is working towards becoming a CrossFit coach.
|Press Ups||30 Seconds||Repeat set 3 times|
|Ball Slams||30 Seconds||with a 3 minute rest|
|Arm Front/Side Raises||30 Seconds||between each set.|
|Shadow Boxing||30 Seconds|
|Heel Touches||30 Seconds|
Paul lost his left arm below the elbow while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. Since then, Paul has represented Great Britain an impressive five times in golf at the prestigious Simpson Cup, has qualified as a personal trainer, appeared in major TV and film productions as an extra, climbed to the Everest basecamp and is now working on his own entrepreneurial projects for good causes.
|Press Ups||10 Reps||Repeat set 5 times|
|Squats||10 Reps||as quickly as possible|
|V – Ups||10 Reps||and record your time.|
|Sit Ups||10 Reps|
Mark Ormrod was injured on Christmas Eve while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan. He lost both his legs and an arm, making him the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the conflict. Today, Mark is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, a peak performance coach, an author, a father, a husband, an Invictus Games champion, a charity fundraiser and ambassador and a daily inspiration for thousands of people who follow him on social media.
|Jumping Jacks||1.5 Minutes||Repeat 5 times.|
|Lunge Elbows to Ankles||20 Reps||Rest for 30 seconds|
|Side Lunge into Squat||20 Reps||between sets.|
|Wide Speed Skaters||20 Reps|
|Crawl Outs||20 Reps|
|Russian Baby Makers||20 Reps|
Former Lance Corporal Corie lost both his legs after he stepped on and detonated an IED while serving in Afghanistan. Corie has competed at the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Invictus Games and the Warrior Games. He now represents Great Britain in Para-Bobsleigh and was the 2018 world cup winner.
For more information please contact the Fundraising team.
Tel: 020 8548 7089