On Friday 21st January, ARC’s Managing Director Chris Ford and ex-Norwich City football player Grant Holt launched themselves 13,000ft out of a plane to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices!
Chris and Grant are both petrified of heights, so the prospect of jumping out of a plane and hurtling towards earth was terrifying for them both. We caught up with Chris and Grant to get their thoughts on what exactly was going through their mind during their 40 seconds of freefall.
Hi guys, congratulations on the fundraising and the skydive! Can you tell us what you were thinking before the jump?
Grant: “I’m petrified of heights but when I woke up and even when I arrived I was surprisingly calm and looking forward to it,” said the former striker, who helped Norwich to back-to-back promotions and was named player-of-the-year three times at Carrow Road.
“I wasn’t too bad in the plane, either, and it was only when the door opened that I thought ‘oh wow, here we go’. After that, I loved the feeling of being in freefall and the adrenaline when you’re floating towards the ground was absolutely unreal. It’s addictive and I think I might do it again one day!” “Chris and I wanted to do something a bit different and push ourselves, as neither of us are great with heights. It turned out to be an unbelievable experience and we were fortunate with the conditions. It was freezing up there but what a day, with beautiful blue skies.”
Chris: “While some people have skydiving at the top of their bucket list, I can confirm that there is absolutely no way that it was ever anywhere near the top of mine – I hate heights! “It’s the first time I’ve ever done one and not something I’d contemplated before but I’d jump at the chance to do it again. I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be but the worst part was hanging out the plane looking down at the ground below.
“Then you have the adrenaline rush of freefalling and then, when the parachute opens, it’s so peaceful. You’re floating around and it’s very exhilarating. I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it and very grateful to everyone who’s supported us and made a donation.
“A little discomfort on our part has hopefully made a fair amount of money for EACH. Hopefully, we can do more as the year goes on, as a company. We’ve already got other dates in the diary, like a golf day.