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Thrill-seeker relives ‘nerve-racking’ skydive

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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A YOUNG daredevil has relived the ‘nerve racking’ moment he parachuted from 13,000 feet to raise money for victims of one of the worst typhoons in history.

Thrill-seeker Sajid Rashid and five friends plummeted from the heavens in the parachute jump in the hope of raising £3,000.

Money raised in the jump will now be donated to victims of Typhoon Haiyan which caused £900 million of damage and 8,000 causalities in the Philippines in November.

Mr Rashid, 24, an aero engineer of South Broadway Street, Burton, said he experience had helped him overcome his fear of heights.

He said: “The ride up was nerve racking, but I had not experience any anxiety or nervousness about the dive until we were about 6,000 feet.

“The rest of the team were trying to keep calm and relaxed but I knew everyone was terrified.

“We reached 13,000 feet when the hatch door opened. This was the moment I was dreading.

“It was my turn so I looked over the edge of the aircraft to position myself for the free fall.

“The wind crashed against my body, it was a do or die situation.

“All I could see was ground 13,000 feet below me - it was beautiful scenic land, but a horrible feeling.

“I finally jumped. It was incredible. I was falling at 130mph, hurtling towards the ground and my possible destruction.

“The wind whipped past me with incredible ferocity. My heart rate rocketed from the intense experience.

“I looked down upon that beautiful earth and was surprised to feel complete peace within myself.

“In that moment, I felt like I owned the world. I had gained victory over my fear of heights.”

Mr Rashid added that he wanted to thank New Street Taxis, Cafe Ashiana, Pakfoods, LRS Claims, HSO Club, Jee-Ja-Jees, Elegante Hair and Beauty, Zoe Matthews Letting, MPH Car Hire and Innate Photography for supporting the jump.

He said: “I conquered my fear of heights all to support the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan appeal.”

Donations to Mr Rashid’s fund can still be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/skydive4phil

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