Family skydive for Myton Hospice in memory of Rugby man

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A family plunged 13,000 feet from an aeroplane to raise money for Myton Hospice in memory of their much-loved dad.

The skydive took place in Brackley, Northamptonshire on Saturday as a tribute to Rugby man James Murray, known as ‘Bobo’, who died from lung cancer aged 76.

His children Trina Childs, Paul Murray, Teresa Butler and granddaughter Tara Butler wanted to do something on the anniversary of his death.

“We all found it a really emotional day,” said Trina.

“The build up to the jump was quite scary, but we knew we were in safe hands and doing it for a good cause. It was terrifying as much as it was amazing.”

She said touchdown was the moment she was overcome with emotion.

“I did cry when I hit the ground,” added Trina. “I know dad was looking down on us on the day. He would’ve been really proud of us for being brave enough to do the skydive.”

The stunt took place on the first anniversary of James’s death.

Trina added: “It was the same day we got his headstone.

“We thought it would be a nice thing to do in his memory as well as raising much needed funds for Myton Hospice, who do an amazing job.”

James’s children described their dad as ‘bubbly’ and ‘kind-hearted’.

They said he was an excellent craftsman.

Trina said: “He could make something out of anything. He was a kind-hearted man who is greatly missed.”

The family said they are keen to do another event for charity in the future. They would like to thank everybody who has sponsored them.

*Daredevils are invited to take part in Myton’s Exclusive Skydive on October 12. People are needed to help raise money for the Myton Hospices by making an exhilarating 10,000-ft freefall parachute jump. No experience is required and when you raise the minimum amount (£395) of sponsorship you can get to jump for free. Volunteers can also take part on days not exclusive to Myton as long as there is space at the airfield. For more information telephone (01926) 838827 or email events@mytonhospice.org