skydive at 24,000ft holding a rugby ball: A former professional rugby player jumped out of a helicopter from 24,000 feet holding a rugby ball to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Former Bath Rugby player Eastin Lewis jumped out of a helicopter just below Mount Everest in the Himalayas at 180mph in minus 30C to raise money for the Bath Rugby Foundation, a children’s charity. Vulnerable and deprived in Somerset.
Mr Lewis described the experience as “the scariest but most exciting moment of my life” after completing his skydive in November last year.
“Fear gripped me at 24,000 feet, but I knew there was only one way down,” he said.
Rolling through the sky at 180 mph in minus 30 degrees was amazingly disorienting and I couldn’t hear a thing, but once I settled in I was able to make the most of the experience. “Amazing scenery and enjoying a thrill that not many people can say they’ve had.”
He aims to raise £29,031 – the height of Mount Everest in feet – and has so far raised more than £24,000 for the charity, which he described as “close to my heart”.
“The Bath Rugby Foundation is a charity that I have supported for many years,” he said.
“This was my last chance to do something of this magnitude and I knew that if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it for a charity that was close to my heart.”
Mr Lewis has no plans to do any future skydiving, saying: “All I’ll be doing at 24,000 feet is enjoying a nice, cold jeans and tonic.”
Helena Currie, head of fundraising at Bath Rugby Foundation, said she was “honored” after hearing Mr Lewis was raising money for the charity.
He said: “When Eastin told us what he was up to we couldn’t believe it, but we were proud that he was willing to go to such lengths to raise money for our charity.
“We are delighted to have Eastin back in one piece and would like to thank him for his outstanding fundraising efforts for our cause.
“The money raised goes a long way towards helping the most vulnerable people in our city and surrounding areas.”
To find out more about Mr. Lewis’s fundraiser, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/iestyn-lewis-skydive?.