Former Markinch man’s 13,000ft leap of faith

David Wilson enjoys his sky dive!
David Wilson enjoys his sky dive!

A Fife man faced his fear of heights head on and took to the skies all in aid of charity.

David Wilson (62), originally from Markinch but now living in Lower Earley near Reading, took part in a tandum sky dive to help raise money for charity.

He decided to donate all the money that he raised to the ABF, the Soldier’s Charity, which helps to provide support for soldiers, former soldiers and their families.

The retired army major left his home town of Markinch to join the army in 1968 as a Junior Bandsman in the Black Watch, before transferring to the Intelligence Corps some years later.

After 11 years service, he then went on to join the Territorial Army before retiring in 2012 as a Major.

He has raised over £900 so far for the Army’s national charity.

He said: “It was quite a surreal experience I have to admit. I thought I really should do something for a charity that is linked to the armed services what with it being the year of rememberance for the First World War and I myself having served close to 44 years in the army only retiring two years ago.”

Mr Wilson was diagnosed with angina a few years ago. He has also had three stents fitted. Despite this, he was given the go ahead by his doctor to take part in the jump and couldn’t wait to get up in the air.

Although he has a crippling fear of heights, Mr Wilson got decked out in his Black Watch kilt and Intelligence Corps rugby shirt for the jump.

He headed to Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire accompanied by his wife Jane for his jump.

He was support by the Tigers, the free fall parachute display team from the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, and Chris Sharman, a member of the Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils freefall team to who he was strapped to for the sky dive.

Mr Wilson was surprised to learn that he has already more than doubled his sponsorship target of £400 with the help of his friends and family and the collegues and staff at the local Asda store in Lower Earley .

“All the money that I have raised so far will go to the soldiers’ charity doing what it does best - and that is being there to offer help for soldiers and their families if and when they need it,” he added.

To help support Mr Wilson and the charity, visit