Cliff jumpers raise over £1,000 for 2022 Festival

Posted: 13th September 2017

On 3rd September, Loughborough Freemasons Tony Andrews and Digby Lund launched themselves off a cliff in Malaga to raise money for Leicestershire and Rutland’s 2022 Festival. The pair were joined by Digby’s wife, Yvonne, while Tony’s wife, Elanor, joined them for moral support.

Upon arrival at Almunecar, they were met by their pilots, Antonio and Jose, who arrived by air demonstrating how best to land. The intrepid trio were then taken up into the hills via a single track road with numerous hairpin bends. Having arranged the wing, the pilots set about strapping themselves and their guests into their harnesses after which a full safety briefing was given. They were then told to simply run down the slope until the ground fell away.

The flights down were very smooth, with Digby’s flight showing the advantage of being taller than Antonio when taking off from such a steep slope. A couple of steps and then into the blue yonder with amazing views out to sea and along the coast.

Tony said: “We were all lucky enough to have relatively good landings; though I did collect a lot of the beach in my shoes and some in my knees!”

Digby said: “Having all safely returned to terraferma, we exchanged feelings about our flights; the heightened heart rate before and during takeoff, the gradual relaxing as the flight continued and then the increasing tension as the ground rapidly approached. We all agreed the venture was well worthwhile and hope the donations will fully reflect our efforts.”

The Provincial Grand Master, David Hagger, said: “Congratulations to Digby and Tony for their fundraising efforts; I am pleased to learn they landed safely without harm.”

Watch the paragliders in action

The 2022 Festival aims to raise £1.8 million for the Masonic Charitable Foundation over the next 5 years.

You can still sponsor Digby and Tony here >>

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Loughborough Freemasons take on daring challenge for 2022 Festival

Posted: 24th August 2017

Two intrepid Freemasons from Loughborough will be conquering their fears and taking to the open skies to raise money for the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Digby Lund and Tony Andrews, both of the Lodge of Science and Art No.8429 which meets in Loughborough, have agreed to jump off a cliff in Malaga from a great height and using a paraglider, landing a few thousand feet below. They will be piloted by an experienced paraglider, Antonio.

Digby said: “I know we must be potty but it’s for a great cause and we each have our own reason for doing it.”

He continued: “In Tony’s case, he’s been doing a great job dieting and could only do the jump if he achieved a target weight. In my case, I really am terrified of heights so it’s doing something to try & overcome that fear.”

Tony said: “At the appropriate moment, when the wind is up, we get told to start running towards the edge of the cliff and not to stop until we’re airborne. We then fly about for 10-15 minutes before a hopefully nice soft landing on the beach below.”

The jump is planned for the 2nd September 2017 where the brethren will also been joined by Digby’s wife, Yvonne.

The 2022 Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation aims to raise £1.8 million by Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons over the next 5 years. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and last year gave away nearly £5 million to the wider community.

The Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, David Hagger said: “I wish Digby and Tony a safe jump and thank them for their support in raising money for the Masonic Charitable Foundation.”

You can sponsor Digby and Tony here >>

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