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Manchester Confidential team joins the Mile High Club for Charity!

Published on August 18th 2005.

This Saturday our office will see several of our brave and intrepid team take to the skies in aid of charity.

Manchester Confidential Parachute Jump

Our brave (nuts? - Gordo) team are: Kelly Ormesher, Tim Mullett, Lindsay Cessford and Georgina Hague. They will all be venturing down to the Black Knight Parachute Centre in Preston to do a Static Line Parachute jump, from 3,500 feet.

Manchester Confidential Parachute Jump

"A 'static line' is a method of automatically opening a parachute as soon as the wearer leaves the aircraft. Basically, one end of the static line is attached to the aircraft, and the other to the opening system on the parachute. This gives us the ability to allow you to jump solo - you just have to leave the 'plane! And as you fall away the parachute begins to open. "

Click here to learn more about the Black Knight Parachute Centre

So what are our brave but slightly insane Manchester Confidential team's thoughts on the impending parachute jump?

Tim Mullett, our first parachuter, kicks off with a history lesson

The Modern parachute jump was invented by Frenchman, (obviously!), Andre-Jacques Garnerin who began toying with the idea whilst he was in prison, captured during the French Revolution, he was confined for three years in Hungary. During this time, he came up with the idea of using a parachute as a means to escape by using it to jump off the high prison walls.

On October 22, 1797, Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump by rigging a parachute onto a balloon and releasing it at altitude. Instead of wearing a harness, he stayed in the basket attached to the parachute that was attached below the balloon. Because the parachute was unmodified (it would be much later until someone figured out how to use vents), the canopy oscillated like mad (sometimes a full 90 degrees swing) and Andre became awfully sick. There was some mention that someone else made the first jump a few years earlier but there is no documented evidence.

This is all very interesting, and we all thank Andre for his amazing invention, at least we are thanking him at the moment whilst we are all feeling very brave on terra firma, it will probably be a very different story come 2pm on Saturday. As part of the 'bottler book' we're running, I’m betting George will bottle out!

an early parachute
Tim 'History Teacher' Mullett

Kelly Ormesher


"Yes… I think we’re all mad! After doing the world’s highest bungee jump in South Africa, you would be wrong to think I was good with heights, well… I was until I did the bungee jump. Now I tend to have a nauseous, unnerving feeling at any great height. So why am I doing a parachute jump? Firstly, because I’ve always said I wanted to do one and secondly, to raise money for my charity Cystic Fibrosis.

CF (Cystic Fibrosis) is the most common, life-threatening inherited disease in the UK. It clogs the internal organs with thick mucus making it hard to breathe, digest food and attracting infections that damages the lungs. Average life expectancy for someone with CF is just 31 years. Unfortunately, a very close family friend suffers from this. The parachute jump is part of three events I’m doing to raise money for the CF."

If you would like to sponsor me, please email kelly@2mmedia.com or fill out the form below. Thanks

Click here to find out more about Cystic Fibrosis.

Georgina Hague


"Not sure why on earth I agreed to do the parachute jump, I think young Faye caught me unawares when she was asking who would like to do it and I must have thought she was asking who would like to do a bar crawl or something! But anyway never one to back down on a challenge and anything to raise some money for the same charity as Kelly. I thought why the hell not? I've been through childbirth so jumping out of a plane should be a pinch of salt, right?"

If you would like to sponsor me, please email george@2mmedia.com or fill out the form below. Thanks

Click here to find out more about Cystic Fibrosis.

Lindsay Cessford


"Never being one to refuse a challenge and after doing an abseil, a bungee and a wing walk in my time, a parachute jump seemed to be the next logical step.....with one day left to go, the nerves haven't hit me yet, but I am sure they will when it's my turn to leap out of the plane at 3500ft. Also, after ducking out of the Manchester Run and depriving my chosen charity, Stockport Women's' Centre of any sponsorship funds raised and for such a worthy cause, founded by one of my Body Confidential ladies Pat Megrame, the centre specialises in support and care for abused women how could I possibly refuse?"

If you would like to sponsor me, please email lindsay@2mmedia.com or fill out the form below. Thanks


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