Kevin conquers fear of heights for charity

Lancing man Kevin Keegan conquers fear of heights with charity skydive
Lancing man Kevin Keegan conquers fear of heights with charity skydive

THIS is the moment a Lancing man conquered his fear of heights by leaping from a plane flying 15,000ft in the air, raising £600 for charity.

Kevin Keegan, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday, took to the skies above Salisbury Plain in aid of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, after his close friends lost their infant son at just 45 hours old.

Kevin, of South Street, Lancing, said the experience had been ‘amazing’ and a real adrenaline rush.

“We had brilliant views of Stonehenge and obviously Salisbury Cathedral,” said Kevin, who spent a minute in freefall travelling up to 280mph before the chord was pulled.

“It was a brilliant day, all in all, and we had some amazing support” said Kevin.

“When we reached 1,000 feet the guy was patting me on the shoulder saying ‘look down’.

“Even that was scary and we had another 14,000ft to go.

“But the bit that really bothered me was when we hit the peak at about 15,000ft and you are actually sitting outside the plane.

“When you are looking down from above the clouds everything just looks like little dots.”

Kevin jumped to help Sands after friends Richard and Karen Smith tragically lost their son Elliot in 2010.

“Elliot gave me a big kiss and a cuddle when I was up there,” said Kevin.

Having conquered his fear of heights, Kevin now hopes to abseil down the 170m Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth next year.