Bisexual skydiver to do naked jump for charity

British skydiver Dan Cope hopes to skydive naked for charity if he can raise more than £500 in sponsorship, with his 100th jump to be filmed

Bisexual skydiver to do naked jump for charity
01 October 2013

North Staffordshire council worker Dan Cope says he will jump naked out of a plane at 10,000 feet off the ground wearing nothing but a parachute if he can raise more than £500 for charity.

Cope is openly bisexual and took up skydiving in 2012 and has been doing between three and six jumps a week.

Cope has just completed his 80th jump and wants to do something special for his 100th jump so offered to do the jump naked to raise funds for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Staffordshire.

Cope said there was a tradition among skydivers of doing their 100th jump naked.

‘I have decided to revive the tradition amongst the skydiving community of doing the 100th jump naked,’ Cope said.

‘I’m trying to raise as much money as I can for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, so to encourage people I’ve issued a challenge. I’ll do my jump in my boxers, but if I can get more than £500 in sponsorship, then I’ll jump naked and be filmed.’

‘The temperature could be around -30 degrees C so it’s going to be very uncomfortable, and I probably won’t be looking my best, but that’s nothing compared to the pain and discomfort that some of the children at the Hospice have to go through.

‘All the money I raise will go to the Charity’s new appeal ‘Fund the Gap’ which is helping the Hospice complete a major fundraising project and provide brilliant things like a brand new play area for the children.’

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families from a purpose-built house in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

To donate go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/nakedskydive

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