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Power worker takes the plunge to help beat cancer

A fear of flying isn’t enough to stop a power worker jumping out of a plane to raise money for an Ipswich cancer charity.

From Press releases - 30 April 2014 12:00 AM

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A fear of flying isn’t enough to stop a power worker jumping out of a plane to raise money for an Ipswich cancer charity.

Chris Arbon, who works for electricity distribution company UK Power Networks, is taking part in a skydive next month to raise money for the Woolverstone Wish charity.

The charity raises funds for the Woolverstone Wing at Ipswich Hospital which treats cancer patients from across the county.

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the vast network of overhead electricity lines, underground cables and substations which take power to the doors of about eight million properties across East Anglia, London and the South East.

Chris, from Chantry, works in the company’s customer service centre at Fore Hamlet in Ipswich.

He finally decided to take the plunge when he heard that a colleague had cancer and was being treated at the centre.

Customer service staff have already rallied to raise more than £1400 through a series of charity events such as auctions and cake sales.

The 29-year-old said: “My mate had been on at me for several years to do it but I wouldn’t because I hate flying.

“He asked again and I was going to say that I didn’t want to do it, but then the email came round about raising money for the Woolverstone Wing and I thought it would be really worth doing it for the cause.

“I want to raise £1,000. I’m terrified of going up in the plane, but I’m actually quite looking forward to the jump.”

Chris will be carrying out the tandem skydive on May 18. To raise as much money as possible he will also be applying for match funding from UK Power Networks which pledges to give up to £100 to employees who raise money for charity.

To help him smash his target and raise as much money as possible for the charity, people can donate on his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/christopher-arbon