Dr John Sentamu's tandem jump from 12,500ft with a member of the Red Devils parachute display team over Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire was originally called off due to bad weather. On a return visit to the airfield, the rain and wind held off, allowing the Archbishop's jump to go ahead.
During his 45-second free-fall, two members of the Red Devils parachute display team, with orange smoke streaming from canisters strapped to their legs, joined him mid-air in a mini-display routine.
At 5,000ft, his parachute opened and five minutes later he landed safely back at the airfield.
The Archbishop had planned the jump to raise funds for the Afghanistan Trust, a charity that supports the families of paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who have been wounded or killed whilst serving in Afghanistan.
Regimental Beret from the Yorkshire Regiment
Yorkshire Regiment soldiers will be remembered while they are on operations thanks to a regimental beret and prayer book presented to the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
The beret, prayer book and a special prayer card were presented to the Archbishop by the Regimental Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly at morning prayers in Bishopthorpe Chapel.
“All those involved with The Yorkshire Regiment will be deeply touched that the Archbishop of York should take such a close and personal interest in what they are doing at the moment,” said Lt Col O’Kelly.
“He clearly cares about all our soldiers who have been, and are still, serving in Afghanistan and to present him with our Regimental headdress to act as a focus for prayers and blessings is very special.
The Archbishop says daily prayers in the Chapel for the Armed Forces and their families and mentioned the Yorkshire Regiment in this morning’s prayers.
“This beret will be a visual reminder for us as we say our prayers. Our Armed Forces perform a vital and selfless role on our behalf. We should never forget their contribution.