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Bishop takes leap of faith for charity

Rt Rev Richard Jackson jumped 13,000ft out of a plane in a sponsored freefall skydive on Friday, with fellow fundraisers Karen Lund, Archdeacon of Manchester and Archdeacon Alex Hughes of Cambridge.

Speaking to Premier shortly after completing the jump, Bishop Richard said he was relieved to have his feet back on the ground: "Well, all the limbs are still attached and functioning, which is very good news. It was quite intense, I have to say."

The proceeds of the 'Leap of Faith' jump will be split equally between two charitable organisations, Church Urban Fund (CUF) - a charity that serves UK families in need, and Together in Sussex (TiS) - a joint venture with CUF and the Diocese of Chichester to help churches make local partnerships.

Established by the Church of England, CUF has invested over £5,000,000 into 460 community-based projects across the country.

Bishop Richard said he was motivated to do the jump because he felt the work of both CUF and TiS was "transformative" for UK cities and enabled the Church to "effectively engage with their communities."

"Despite the minor discomfort of falling out of an aeroplane at 13,000 feet, I'm very glad that we've raised quite a bit of money to support those two really great projects," he added.

When asked if he was likely to take up the hobby on a more regular basis he said: "I'm not planning to do it again anytime soon - but if I did I might need some serious sea sickness pills beforehand!"

At the time of writing the Bishop Richard's fundraising page has reached £1,177.94 of its £1,500 target.

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