Vicar’s leap of faith boosts church funds

Rev Chris Tremththanmor
Rev Chris Tremththanmor

A villager vicar admits she did ‘a lot of praying’ before jumping out of a plane at 16,500 ft for a tandem sky dive.

The Rev Chrys Tremththanmor, vicar at Welton’s St Martin’s, did the sponsored jump in New Zealand to raise money for the village church.

She said: “It was a 24-day holiday, and I did the jump on January 18 near the end of my time there. As I was on holiday I didn’t go into many churches, and only spent a few minutes talking shop with one vicar. But I did do a lot of praying before the jump!

“I found New Zealand fascinating. It is both like and unlike the UK. A cup of tea still solves all ills, but obviously their accent is different, and they use a lot of Scottish words. The landscape is amazing. The jump took place over a national park called Abel Tasman.

“I had the option of jumping from 13,000 ft but I thought why not go for the upper limit. There was one minute of freefall before the parachute was pulled.

“For the first few seconds after leaving the plane, I thought I was going to die. Then you realise you’re very firmly strapped onto someone who knows what they’re doing, and you start to enjoy the view. I’m glad I’ve done it. I’m glad it’s over, and I don’t feel the need to do it again!”

The vicar won the trip and sky dive in a competition and decided to use it as a way of raising money for her church by asking people to sponsor the jump, raising around £500 so far. Any children who sponsored her for more than £1 also had their names entered into a draw to win the teddy she took to New Zealand and strapped to her chest while she jumped.