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Kevin to leap into 50 years for charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

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A 50-YEAR-OLD charity volunteer is to celebrate his golden anniversary by jumping out of a plane.

Kevin Hornbuckle has volunteered for Burton YMCA during its sponsored Sleep-outs and will now be falling through the air on a skydive to further support the homeless charity.

Mr Hornbuckle, whose partner, Gillian Cox has already skydived for the charity two years ago through her work as its appeals coordinator, has already raised £1,500.

He said: “I do think the YMCA is a good charity. I am not easily convinced by some charities but I have spoken to people at the Sleep-outs who had been using or were using the YMCA’s services and it really does make a difference to them.

“Sometimes you don’t know where your money goes with some charities but I have witnessed first hand how it helps those at risk.”

The 50-year-old will be diving at around 10,000 feet with workmate, Rolls Royce apprentice Oliver Hibbert, who will soon turn 21.

Kevin, who works as skilled machinists at the Nottingham branch, said: “I have volunteered for the YMCA in various activities as well as the Sleep-out, by handing out boxes, and making tea and coffee, but a skydive is something I have always wanted to do for a long while and as it was my 50th I decided that now would be the appropriate time.

“I saw Gillian do the skydive two years ago and I wanted to have a go.

“I am quite nervous and a bit apprehensive but looking forward to it. When Gillian did it it was a fun day out and good for spectators too.”

Donations can be made by visiting www.justmoneygiving.com and searching for Kevin Hornbuckle.

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