On Sunday the 1st of September 2013 Pitman’s People’s Senior Sales Manager, Barry Kent, jumped freely 10,000ft out of a plane. Barry signed up for the free fall to raise money for his chosen charity Kidney Research UK and has raised a whopping grand total of £1,113 so far.
Kent told us of his day, “After arriving at Sky Dive London in Swindon I soon realised that I had accidentally signed up for AFF (Accelerated Freefall) training – a program that consists of 8 levels across 8 months in order to become an AFF instructor. I went ahead anyway and loved every minute, apart from the 20 minutes going up in the plane!”
Barry was diagnosed with final stage kidney disease in June 2012 having lived with the illness for over a decade. He received dialysis treatment for months, when several of his family members were tested as donors and thankfully his father Trevor Kent was confirmed a positive match. Barry was blown away and inspired by the quality of health service provided throughout this time and wanted to perform the accelerated freefall in order to raise money for Kidney Research UK as a way of saying Thank you.
There are not many people who would dare parachute from such a height in their spare time, let alone six months after a Kidney Transplant, but then again Barry Kent is no ordinary sales manager. As Barry flew through the sky at a speed of 120mph for 90 seconds Trevor watched his only son, who now shares his Kidneys, land quite literally firmly on his feet.
Barry commented, “Completing the jump and raising this amount of money for Kidney Research is my way of giving something back to the charity, which helped me through an extremely hard time in my life.”
Barry hopes to continue the unplanned AFF training past his Level 1 certification and become a fully certified parachutist. Pitman’s People are extremely proud of Barry’s courage and commitment to charity. You can still donate towards Barry’s daredevil stunt and extremely worthy cause DONATE