The mayor of Corby is to make a solo parachute jump later this month.
Anthony Dady aims to take on the challenge to raise further awareness of the charities he has supported during his time in office, which will end in just a few weeks.
This is the most terrifying of all my challenges.Anthony Dady
These include Corby Foodbank, Corby Street Pastors, Lakelands Hospice and the Lighthouse Drop-in Centre.
But while most charity skydives are done in tandem with a trained instructor, Mr Dady will be all on his own once he leaves the plane.
Mr Dady, who has taken part in a number of physical fundraising feats in the past year, said: “This is the most terrifying of all my challenges, although I’m sure I will feel a great sense of achievement once I have completed it.”
“Before I became mayor, I decided to set myself various challenges which, were I to achieve them, would help me raise money for my charities.”
However, having recently turned 40, he will have to undergo a medical test before he can take part in the solo jump.
He said: “It’s a shame, but it gives me more time to hand out election leaflets this weekend, and it might mean the weather will be even better when I get to do it.”
The training course, which will take place today at the Sibson Aerodrome near Peterborough, was organised by Lakelands Hospice fundraising manager, Paul Marlow.
Mr Marlow said: “Anthony has been very supportive of Lakelands over the years, so I am happy to use my contacts to help him in his fundraising efforts, particularly since he is supporting such good local causes.
“I’m sure it will be an amazing experience.
“I wish Anthony all the best and look forward to hearing about this adventure when I next meet up with him.”
To make online donations to any of the charities, click on the “Payments” section on the top right of the Corby Council website homepage.
For information about other ways to make a donation, phone Alison Beattie on 01536 464015.
For more information about the charities, visit the mayor’s website.