Dropping in for charity

MEP Alyn Smith will be jumping into St Andrews this weekd.

MEP Alyn Smith will be jumping into St Andrews this weekd.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Neither, this weekend is the answer.

For in the skies over St Andrews it will be MEP Alyn Smith and his partner Jonathon who will be leaping from 10,000 feet in a skydive in support of LGBT Youth Scotland.

The pair’s ‘leap of faith’ will see them freefall for 30 seconds before their parachutes open and reach speeds of 120 mph.

And, although the dive is in tandem with professional skydivers, Alyn is trepidatious: “We are slightly nervous and expecting the challenge to be a bit scary but fun. Our aim is to raise awareness of the work of LGBT Youth Scotland as well as raise some much-needed funds.

“LGBT Youth Scotland provides help and advice to many young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. Most of these young people come to the charity looking for some advice or someone to talk to when it comes to dealing with bullying, coming out, mental health and sexual health. Their fantastic work inspires us and we are happy to throw ourselves out of a plane if it means we can help a bit.”

Fergus McMillan, LGBT Youth Scotland Chief Executive said: “It’s brilliant that Alyn is willing to jump out of a plane to support LGBT young people, I’m not sure we could ask much more of our supporters.

“It’s also a great way to highlight the work that needs done to fully support and include LGBT young people, and the support that LGBT Youth Scotland needs to do so.”

Alyn added: “There’s still a few days for people to give money to support LGBT Youth Scotland through sponsoring us. Our sponsorship page is at https://www.justgiving.com/jonoramsay/ for anyone who wants to do that.”