‘Unbelievable’ feeling as duo raise cash for Chris

WE DID IT: John Hague and Leon Bond completed a skydive at the weekend.
WE DID IT: John Hague and Leon Bond completed a skydive at the weekend.
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Perched at the side of a plane at 10,000ft, John Hague and Leon Bond never had any doubts about jumping out.

The pair from Great Cornard leapt head first into the blue abyss on Sunday in order to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The charity played a pivotal role in supporting the duo’s father-in-law Chris Olley, who suffered from the illness and died a year ago.

“The jump was absolutely brilliant,” said Mr Hague, who lives in Carsons Drive and is married to Mr Olley’s daughter Megan. “I was a bit nervous when we turned up, but once we got up in the air we just got on with it. It was an unbelievable feeling.”

Due to weather conditions the skydive, from Beccles airfield, was brought forward by three hours. Mr Hague said he was glad the jump was not called off as he raised £600 for charity, while Mr Bond, who lives with partner Beccy, collected ???????

“I am so pleased we did this for Chris,” said Mr Hague, 29.

“When you jump out you freefall for 50 seconds and hit speeds of 120mph. Then the parachute opens at 8,000ft and everything goes still.”

Mr Olley, 52, from Bank Side, Long Melford, was well known for his voluntary work with AFC Sudbury.

Since his death last December, Mr Olley’s family have raised more than £10,000 in his memory, with a series of events, including the London to Brighton bike ride. Mr Olley’s sister Jenny, of Eldred Drive in Great Cornard, said they were looking to raise awareness of the charity and make a difference.

“People have been very generous over the past year. The skydive was very poignant as it was so close to the anniversary of Chris’s death,” she said.

A dinner in memory of Mr Olley in being planned at AFC Sudbury for the spring.