David Faulkner-Bryant's Charity Parachute Jump
Rally 2015

After their 12,000ft tandem freefall, Roxy, mum Ruth and grandad David



David Faulkner-Bryant was Chairman of the LAA (then the PFA) from 1972 until 1989, and then its President until the 1992. A native of Sussex, he has lived in Ardmor on the Isle of Skye for many years but still attends the LAA Rally regularly.


Unfortunately, one of his daughters, Ruth Tillard, is suffering from a life limiting neurological condition known as Corticobasal Degeneration, CBD for short. True to her free spirit however, Ruth is fighting it with all she has got and is raising money to support the PSP Association, a registered charity which offers support to people living with CBD and PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) and helps fund research into treatments and ultimately a cure.


When Ruth decided she would like to make a tandem freefall parachute jump to raise funds for PSPA, it wasn’t long before three generations of the family agreed to do likewise. So, on 8 October, family and friends arrived at Skydive Headcorn to offer encouragement to Ruth, sister Fran, daughter Roxy, niece Chrissy and father David (who is 87 years young) for their freefall from 12,000ft over Kent.


In the event, Ruth, Roxy and David were able to make their tandem jumps on the same lift in quite clear conditions but with the wind starting to increase. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which was recorded for posterity by Meridian Television and will no doubt appear on the local News.


Unfortunately, the weather then quickly deteriorated, so Fran and Chrissy will have to return at a later date. It was though a wonderful day for all concerned, the family and friends coming from Scotland, the West country and Southern England to support each other and a very worthwhile cause.


If you would like to make a donation to help in the PSP Association’s valuable work, you can do so via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruthjumpsforpsp