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Archbishop Prepares for Parachute Jump

Tuesday 20th May 2008

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, today encouraged more sponsors for his daring parachute jump to raise money for the families of soldiers killed or injured in Afghanistan.

Dr John Sentamu will leap from a plane at 12,500ft with the Parachute Regiment Red Devils display team from RAF Langer near Nottingham on 27 May 2008.

Generous sponsors from across the UK have so far raised thousands of pounds for the Afghanistan Trust - a charity formed to help support soldiers and their families who have served with 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan, and who have been wounded or killed as a consequence.

The Archbishop hopes to raise £50,000 through his "leap of faith".

He will jump in tandem with businessman Guy Brudenell, who brought the plight of bereaved families to his attention at a special dinner.

Firstly they will fly by helicopter from Bishopthorpe Palace to RAF Langer where he will be given a full safety briefing prior to the leap.

The Archbishop of York, who has never done a parachute jump before, said: "It's not too late for people to sponsor me. The Afghanistan Trust is a worthy cause and we'd love to reach our total of £50,000. I'm very much looking forward to the jump although I must confess I get butterflies when I think about it! It should be a wonderful experience."

A website in support of the Afghanistan Trust has been set up and donated by York based companies  Stone Soup and Designition. The site can be viewed at

Individuals, businesses or groups can sponsor the Archbishop by making cheques payable to The Afghanistan Trust, and sending them to The Office of the Archbishop of York, Bishopthorpe Palace, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2GE. Alternatively, please make an online donation at

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