A TEENAGE daredevil will ensure his 18th birthday is one to remember by skydiving for the forces charity Help For Heroes.
Thrill-seeker Ed Wainman, of Church Avenue, Hatton, will hit terminal velocity when he completes the challenge on February 19.
The 17-year-old Royal Navy Reservist told the Mail he wanted to help those who risk life and limb for their country.
He said: “I chose Help For Heroes because I’m a very patriotic young lad and I’m proud to be British.
“The Navy and the Army mean a lot to me because they risk their bodies and lives for their county so I have lots of respect for them.”
Mr Wainman, who also plays for Burton Rugby Club, said he has longed to take part in a skydive - but said he has to wait until he turns 18 to be able to do so.
It is not the first time he has completed a hair-raising stunt either - having taken part in a bungee jump in 2012.
He said: “I have always wanted to do a skydive.
“I really enjoyed the bungee jump but because I’m turning 18 I wanted to take it to the next level.
“I like the adrenaline rush you get, I think it’s one of the best experiences.”
But the self-confessed adrenaline junkie said he still had some slight reservations about taking the leap of faith from 13,000 feet.
He said: “I think I’m going to be very nervous in the build up to it.
“But once I have leapt from the plane and know I’m going to be safe I’m going to enjoy it more.
“I think it’s going to be really enjoyable and once I have landed I will want to do it all over again to be honest.”
Mr Wainman, who holds down a job in the X-ray department in Burton’s Queen’s Hospital as well as one at Byrkley Garden Centre, in Rangemore, has asked for people to dig deep to support his fund-raising drive.
Anyone who would like to donate to his jump can do so by visiting www.bmycharity.com/EdwardWainman