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Roofer scales new heights in Vegas charity jump

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Richard on March 13, 2012

He may be used to heights, but Stuart Whittaker will be taking things to the next level when he takes part in a 855 foot sky jump in Vegas in a bid to raise £1,000 for an air ambulance service. The father of two will be taking the leap in the world’s tallest controlled freefall.

The roofer from Huddersfield will be jumping from the Stratosphere hotel and casino, the highest observation tower in the country, whilst being attached to a vertical zip wire.

The challenge will take place in June when he will be in Vegas for his friend’s birthday. Yet in spite of his profession, Stuart isn’t taking the jump lightly:

“I’m a motorbiker and I just fancied raising some money for them as it’s a very worthy cause. I’ve been to the top of Stratosphere before, when I got married, and it’s a long way down. Just because I’m a roofer doesn’t mean I don’t think about how high it is. But I’m looking forward to it.”

He will remain on route through the use of guide wires and a machine which will assist him in landing in a safe and controlled manner. SkyJump Las Vegas is situated at the end of the strip.

The jump, which is the world’s highest sky jump, has been compared to base jumping and skydiving with speeds as high as 40mph.

Anyone who takes on the challenge will be taught a lesson in safety before donning a custom jumpsuit. They will be connected to a machine with wires guiding them to remain on course whilst descending 108 storeys.

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