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Archbishop charity jump postponed

Dr Sentamu (Copyright: The Afghanistan Trust)
Dr Sentamu arrived at the airfield in pouring rain and strong winds

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has been forced to postpone his charity parachute jump due to bad weather.

Dr Sentamu was to jump from 12,500ft with the Parachute Regiment's Red Devils team to raise money for families of soldiers injured in Afghanistan.

But organisers at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire were forced to call off the jump on Tuesday morning amid strong winds, driving rain and low cloud.

The charity tandem jump has been rescheduled to 6 June.

The archbishop, 58, had earlier arrived by helicopter with businessman and jumping partner Guy Brudenell, who originally told him about the event for the Afghanistan Trust.

It's just like somebody who has been training for a match and is told 'sorry mate, the match is off'
Rt Rev John Sentamu

The charity supports families of paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who have been wounded or killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Dr Sentamu said: "It's just like somebody who has been training for a match and is told 'sorry mate, the match is off'.

"But we know we are going to come back. I am going to take the (training) video home to see it but I am ready.

"We now know another soldier has died in Afghanistan and it would have been good to have done something today, but we will come back.

"It's not for me or anybody else but for the soldiers in Afghanistan."

The Archbishop was referring to Royal Marine Dale Gostick, from the 3 Troop Armourned Support Company, who was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on Sunday.

Major Nick Vischer, from the Red Devils, said they would reschedule the jump to take place at the earliest opportunity.

He said: "It's straight down to good old British weather. What we need is good visibility from a minimum of 10,000ft all the way down.

"We have not got that and the RAF Met Office have told us that there's no chance of that today."

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