Grandad takes the plunge in memory of lost colleagues

PLUNGE Peter Galloway and L/Cpl Jimmy Graham during the skydive for Help for Heroes
PLUNGE Peter Galloway and L/Cpl Jimmy Graham during the skydive for Help for Heroes
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A FALKLANDS veteran has raised almost £4,000 for Help for Heroes after he jumped nearly 14,000ft from a plane.

Peter Galloway served on board HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War and he lost many colleagues when the ship was hit.

Now, 67-year-old grandfather-of-four Peter, from Anglesey Road in Gosport, has completed a tandem skydive with instructor L/Cpl Jimmy Graham in a bid to raise money for the charity which helps injured members of the armed forces.

He had been due to complete his skydive in August but bad weather conditions set him back. He finally took the jump with the Red Devils in Netheravon, Wiltshire, earlier this month.

‘It was probably the most beautiful day of the year up until then,’ he said.

‘The visibility was unlimited. It was just beautiful. Blue sky and no wind at all.

‘I had a brilliant instructor. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. It was fantastic. I giggled all the way down. I was so thrilled.

‘I remember landing and just saying “brilliant”.

‘Everyone says how you’ll want to do it again but I probably won’t because it was such a perfect day and such a perfect jump that I don’t want to do it again in the rain.’

Peter said age isn’t an issue for him.

‘You are as young as you feel,’ he added.

‘I have got four grandchildren but I am active.

‘I don’t think that jumping out of a plane is particularly challenging.’

Peter said that Help for Heroes is a charity very close to his heart.

‘It all started in the Falklands War when my ship got hit. I lost 14 guys,’ he said.

‘The wounded are sadly forgotten. Everyone knows how many people have been killed in Afghanistan but not many people have got the faintest idea about how many wounded there are.

‘They are going to need our help for the rest of their lives.’

To find out more about Help for Heroes, visit helpforheroes.org.uk.