BIG JUMP: Bob Sherwell is skydiving from 15,000ft to raise money.
BIG JUMP: Bob Sherwell is skydiving from 15,000ft to raise money. Lucy Cantori

Bob’s living life on the edge so others don’t have to

JUMPING out of a plane is not the usual type of celebration you'd expect for an 86th birthday but it is exactly what Bob Sherwell has planned.

Mr Sherwell and his granddaughter Ashleah Taylor will jump from a plane at 15,000 feet on Saturday to raise money for The Potential Project a campaign run by the charity Al Taylor for Kids.

The charity was set up in memory of Mr Sherwell's daughter and son-in-law and Ashleah's parents Allan and Kari Taylor who were killed instantly on August, 19 2009 when they were struck by a four-wheel-drive whilst stopped in an emergency bay along the Sunshine Motorway helping Ashleah with car trouble.

Al Taylor for Kids president John Murphy said Bob and Ashleah's skydive was the latest tribute to ensure Allan and Kari's legacy lived on.

"The idea behind the association is to act as an extension of the vision Al Taylor had for young kids," Mr Murphy said.

"As a bit of a fundraiser, to raise awareness and to mark his 86th birthday Bob decided he's doing the big free fall on Saturday."

Mr Murphy said while this wouldn't be Mr Sherwell's first sky dive, it would be a sky dive with a difference.

"He actually did a sky dive back when he was 70 and really loved it. He thought it was the biggest adrenalin rush. So he decided it was the perfect thing to do something that gives him a rush and also have the opportunity to raise funds and awareness at the same time.

"Ashleah then also decided she wanted to jump with Bob because before the accident she and her dad had spoke of doing a jump together and it's something that she never got to do and she said there's no one she'd rather do it with than Bob and no better reason to do it."

Mr Sherwell said he was going to live life on the edge so that others didn't have to.

"The people that we're jumping with, their motto is if you're not living on the edge you're wasting space. I don't subscribe completely to that but I reckon every person in this world is either going through or has lived on the edge, financially, physically or spiritually I'm old enough now I've done them all. The people at Al Taylor for kids are doing everything they can to stop young people from falling off the edge and making worthwhile citizens of them."

Donations can be made at https://www.chuffed.org/ project/potentialproject.



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