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Norwich Bishop to take 13,000ft leap of faith

BishopNorwich370The Bishop of Norwich, along with other supporters of the Matthew Project, will be taking a leap of faith from 13,000ft next May to raise funds for the Christian-based charity.

The event will help mark the 30th anniversary of the project which supports people with drug and alcohol issues across Norfolk.
“I'm doing a tandem skydive for The Matthew Project because Christians talk about taking a ‘leap of faith’, said Bishop Graham (pictured above).
“When I came to Norwich 14 years ago the Matthew Project was one of the first local organisations to ask me to become its patron.   Its care for all those affected by drug and alcohol misuse has been a model of social action inspired by Christian principles. 
“The people who work for the Matthew Project take lots of leaps of faith for their clients and their families.   It’s the least I can do to take a leap of faith in solidarity with them – and, I hope, to raise some money too.   And my wife Julie is joining me in the air as well.”
Bishop Graham will take the 13,000ft jump on May 17 next year at Beccles, along with former High Sheriff of Norfolk Henry Cator and his wife Ski, Bob Rose of Larking Gowen and Mark Jeffries of Mills & Reeve.
Organisers are hoping to have at least 30 supporters in total jumping and are appealing for others to sign up. The charity is planning a series of monthly fundraising opportunities next year.
Sharon Hulbert, Media and Fundraising Manager, said: "I couldn't ask others to do something that I wasn't prepared to do myself, so to prove what a great experience doing a tandem skydive can be, I was filmed doing my jump earlier this year."
To take part you need to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship, £100 of which will come to the charity. Full details are on the UK Parachuting website www.ukparachuting.co.uk
To book your place visit www.ukparachuting.co.uk/events and scroll down to May 17 where you will find The Matthew Project event listed and the Book Here button
You can find out more at:  www.matthewproject.org/news/?id=104
To sponsor the Bishop Graham and his wife Julie visit:  www.justgiving.com/graham-james1

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