Stephen Lloyd is the MP who fell to Earth

Stephen Lloyd after his successful jump.s
Stephen Lloyd after his successful jump.s

There are no doubt quite a few people across the country who would like to see some politicians chucked out of a plane at 12,000ft without a parachute.

Here in Eastbourne though, the town’s MP volunteered to leap from a plan in order to raise cash for two local charities.

LibDem Stephen Lloyd took the plunge on Friday after an earlier scheduled slot had to be postponed because of bad weather.

And, although he did have the luxury of a parachute, the effort was no less nail-biting for the politician.

Speaking to the Herald moments after touching down, Mr Lloyd said, “It was an exhilarating experience, albeit that moment of actually sitting on the edge of the planes open door with my feet dangling out, the wind howling by and waiting to hurl myself into the clouds, was a bit tense.

“All in all though, an unforgettable moment.”

As fun as it ended up being, the jump was serious business, with the MP raising more than £1,500 for charity.

That cash will be split between The REFUGE, an Eastbourne charity which provides support to families who have been victims of domestic violence, and a local scheme which provides Christmas presents to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr Lloyd teamed up with members of Rotary AM – a local breakfast club of which he is a member – to organise the fundraiser and said he was pleased to be able to raise so much cash. “I am delighted to have raised around £1,700 for such good local causes and was touched by the extraordinary generosity of so many residents. My thanks also go to all the Eastbourne Rotary clubs for their support.”

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