Skip to main content

Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council to skydive for charity

This news article was published more than a year ago. Some of the information may no longer be accurate.

Published: 04/09/2014

There are just three days to go before Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Howard Gawler plunges 10,000 feet from a plane to raise money for charity.

Cllr Gawler will be undertaking a tandem skydive on Sunday 7 September to raise funds for the South Gloucestershire based Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), one of his chosen Chair’s charities for the year.

The tandem skydive will see the Chairman free-falling through the air (without the parachute deployed) for 5,000 feet at around 120 mph, before safely parachuting to the ground. Cllr Gawler will be harnessed to a professional parachute instructor at all times throughout the descent.

Cllr Gawler’s niece Sarah Farthing (from Wick, South Gloucestershire) will also be taking part in the skydive.

Cllr Gawler said: “I’m really looking forward to my debut skydive in aid of this very worthy cause, the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. Any one of us may be thankful for the air ambulance’s life saving services at some point in our lives and I’m proud to give them my support.

“The charity doesn’t receive any government or National Lottery funding, which means they rely entirely on the generosity of local people to continue operating. I hope to raise as much money for them as possible, so please visit the dedicated Just Giving page below to sponsor my jump or to make a donation.”

To make a donation please visit the Chair’s Just Giving page at

The jump takes place on Sunday 7 September at Redlands Airfield, Redlands Farm, Wanborough, near Swindon.

Is there anything wrong with this page?