Vertigo sufferer overcomes fear to jump from 10,000 feet

HIGH FLYER: Patrick Woodward overcame his vertigo to complete a 10,000-foot charity skydive.
HIGH FLYER: Patrick Woodward overcame his vertigo to complete a 10,000-foot charity skydive.

A Sudbury man beat his fear of heights to hurl himself out of a plane flying 10,000 feet above the ground.

Patrick Woodward, 22, from Blackfriars, raised more than £250 for Action Aid, a charity which helps people in third world countries, by completing a tandem dive on Easter Sunday. Mr Woodward’s girlfriend, Tess May, from Great Cornard, also performed the jump.

“We were both quite apprehensive but once we’d done it, we were speechless,” he said. “It was amazing.”

Mr Woodward, who works for TGA Mobility in Sudbury, said he was now thinking about training to skydive on his own.