Happisburgh RNLI Volunteer has taken a leap of faith

Lifeboats News Release

Tany Backburn, the Station’s Shop Manager, has completed a skydive to raise funds for the Station. Tany had planned to do this in May, this was a birthday present from her family, but due to the pandemic everything was put on hold. UK Parachuting at Beccles reopened on 9 July.

UK Parachuting Beccles

Tany leaving the plane

Tany was given 25 July 2020 for her skydive. However, after arriving at Beccles on the 25 July, the weather was against her and it had to be postponed.

Tany returned on the 28 July to a fine day. Tany said: ‘After the training and with no nerves I was into the plane and up into the sky. Soon we were at the required height, I was sitting at the door with no time to worry. The views were fantastic and I enjoyed the whole experience and would love to do it again.'

Tany continued: 'I would like to thank all at UK Parachuting at Beccles for being so helpful and friendly throughout. I have raised over £500 so far but would welcome any further donations.'

Tany, 69, has been a volunteer at Happisburgh for over 20 year helping in the shop and four years ago she took over as shop manager. Tany is hoping to raise as much as possible; it has been a hard year with the shop being closed. If any one would like to sponsor her, please follow this link to her Just Giving page:


Tany added: ‘Please remember to be safe at the coast, swim between the flags on lifeguarded beaches, if caught in a rip current then float on your back and swim in line with beach until you are out of the current then swim back to the beach. Don’t use inflatables on the sea, be careful of the sandy cliffs; don’t climb or sit by the base. Always have means of calling for help. 999 ask for Coastguard.'

RNLI Media contacts

· Happisburgh Lifeboat Station Volunteer Press Officer Philip Smith,

Mobile 07766007936 E-mail lofty273@googlemail.com

Tany on the down to earth

UK Parachuting Beccles

Tany on the down to earth
Tany safe well and happy on the ground and ready for the next Skydive

UK Parachuting Beccles

Tany safe well and happy on the ground and ready for the next Skydive

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