Kate Metcalf of Tilling Green made her first paraglide jump in June from 10,000 ft to raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission in memory of Liam Moore. Liam, aged 20, from Kings Avenue, Rye, died in a road accident in February. Her leap was from the top of Mount Penken in the Austrian Alps.
Kate, of Ferring Close, said: “I really can’t tell you what it was like. We just ran off the top of a mountain. I cannot believe I did it. I was not nervous at all, just so excited. We were in the air for over 30 minutes. Oh, my God, the views were just out of this world. I really want to do it again and I will one day. All I could hear up there was the wind in my ears. It was all so surreal.”
Afterwards Kate celebrated her achievement – and the 70th birthday of her father Ron Davis – with her family. Liam, best friend of Kate’s son Jordan, was a keen motorcyclist, a fisherman and a player for Rye Rugby Club. He also enjoyed socialising with his friends, walking his beloved dog and he regularly worked behind the bar at the Rugby club.
An 84-year-old man who was arrested by Sussex Police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been further bailed until August 4 while investigations continue.