When Alan Dimmock went for his first weigh-in for his charity skydive, he was turned away for being over the limit.
“No one told me there was a weight limit!” Alan said, “I had to put the dive off for a year so I could lose the weight. I started exercising more and eating less – I cut out bread completely. After a year, I’d lost around two stone.”
Alan completed his 13,000 foot dive and raised around £500. He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s something I always wanted to do and when the opportunity came up I couldn’t say no.”
While Alan is not from a farming background, his son Lewis works at Padbury Hill Farm in Buckinghamshire. Alan said: “When we first moved to the area, Lewis struggled to find any work. He wanted an apprenticeship but no one would give him a break, until a local farmer took him on board. He loves working on the farm, especially with tractors. It was that farmer who suggested I raise funds for R.A.B.I.”
Alan’s other son, Josh, is also involved in farming. Josh works at Thrift Farm in Buckinghamshire, which offers work-based support to people with learning disabilities.
Pictured above are regional manager Jenni Green and Alan Dimmock.