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Hordle lollipop man Ken Lane's 15,000ft leap for CLIC Sargent
PENSIONER Ken Lane has spent months shepherding children across the road outside a Hampshire school.
But the crossing patrol warden could have been forgiven for worrying about his own safety as he leapt out of an aircraft at 15,000ft.
Ken, 66, of Hordle, was one of 475 people who attempted to set a new world record for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours.
Bad weather prevented them from achieving their goal but Ken raised £3,400 for CLIC Sargent, the children’s charity that helped his granddaughter.
Jodie Webb, 15, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.
She has recently been given the all-clear but the treatment damaged her optic nerve, badly affecting her sight.
CLIC Sargent provided her with vital support, including a place to stay near the London hospital where she was treated.
Ken, who has been the lollipop man at Hordle Primary School since February, made the jump above the airfield at Old Sarum, near Salisbury.
“I was nervous but also exhilarated because I was taking part in an adventure,” he said.
“Once you’re out of the plane you don’t get chance to think about it.”
Known to pupils as “Mr Ken”
he took seven minutes to make the 127mph descent, which included about a minute of freefall.
“I had a very experienced instructor who spoke to me all the way down,” he said. “The whole thing was absolutely wonderful.”
CLIC Sargent spokesman Farah Batchelor said: “The weather scuppered our chances of breaking the world record but didn’t deter our participants’ enthusiasm and fundraising efforts. We were naturally disappointed not to have set a new record. However, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of all the participants and their sponsors, who together have raised £200,000, with sponsorship still pouring in.”
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