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Archbishop set for parachute jump

Bishop Sentamu
It is the first time Dr Sentamu has done a parachute jump

The Archbishop of York is to take the ultimate "leap of faith" to raise money for the families of soldiers killed or injured in Afghanistan.

Dr John Sentamu will jump from 12,500ft with the Parachute Regiment's Red Devils team.

The Archbishop is braving a tandem parachute jump with businessman Guy Brudenell to generate funds for the Afghanistan Trust.

Dr Sentamu said he was "excited". He urged the public to support him.

He is hoping to raise more than 50,000 for The Afghanistan Trust, a charity that was formed in 2007 to help support soldiers and their families from 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who have been wounded or killed while serving in Afghanistan.

'Wounded heroes'

"The armed services and their families in this country make enormous sacrifices on our behalf," said Dr Sentamu.

"Unfortunately many of the families who have lost loved ones in the conflict are not being given enough financial support, and for those who return home as wounded heroes, the support can be a long time coming and not nearly enough."

Dr Sentamu will leap out of an aircraft over RAF Langer, near Nottingham on 27 May.

He said: "My prayers have been with the brave men and women who do this dangerous but vital work in our name. But I also wanted to do something more to help their plight.

"This will be my first parachute jump and I'm excited at the prospect. I hope that many people will get behind the appeal and show their appreciation for the amazing sacrifice our armed forces and their families have made."

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