Although I don't care for long haul flights these days, since I was diagnosed with MS I have done 2 tandem charity parachute jumps!
One jump was at 10,000ft and the second was at 16,000ft. I didn't particularly enjoy doing them, but I was keen to do something to help raise funds for our local MS Society branch, where I was secretary.
I was always quite happy to arrange house-to-house, in-store and street collections. But no way would I stand anywhere holding a box and giving away flags - and have the public pity me? No way!
As I was determined to raise some money though, as I knew of many folk with MS far more ill than myself, and I wanted to help.
I happened to be watching a programme on the TV, that featured a lady was suggesting different ways of raising money for charity. I was getting fed up listening to her as I knew I couldn't do sponsored swimming, cycle riding, or any of the physical activities that she was suggesting. Then she mentioned that sponsored parachute jumps were very good money-raisers.
I thought that however disabled one may be, anyone could jump out of an aeroplane!
So I phoned the number that she gave, and the parachute jump idea started from there. The jumps turned out to be very good money-raisers, and seemed more dramatic than having one's head shaved.
But I was rather disappointed, as when you're over 50 they won't let you jump by yourself! Instead, 'they' prefer that you do a 'tandem' parachute jump (strapped to another person).
I did two charity tandem parachute jumps, and raised a lot of money for our local branch. Why not give it a try yourself!