Father of two Jason ready to face worst nightmare to raise money for hospice
Jason Costello is hoping to overcome his fear of heights when he freefalls from an aircraft, 16,000ft in the air.
The father of two is crippled by his fear of heights and cannot climb a ladder more than 3ft high without starting to feel wobbly.
But in order to raise money for the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall near Brighouse he is facing his fear.
Jason said he wanted to do something that would scare him as well as a challenge.
“I am terrified of heights. But it was a culmination of things that made me decide to do this. Working at the hospice and seeing what the families go through I just thought being thrown out of a plane wouldn’t be as bad.
Also my son, five-year-old Ted, told me he was scared of heights so I wanted him to see his dad facing this so it might make him think about it differently.”
He said it was also coming up to the anniversary of a friend who died which made him think about how lucky he was.
Jason is the partnership development manager at the hospice so he sees on a daily basis what the families go through.
“When I see these families I think that is hardship and this is an irrational fear that needs conquering,” he said.
The 39-year-old is doing a Tandem dive which means he will be strapped to someone else when he plummets 16,000ft at the airfield in Lincolnshire.
“I am nervous. I know now I have about six months until I have to jump out of a plane. But if I wasn’t attached to someone I am not sure I would be able to do it.
“We have had other staff members do a jump last year and some loved it and others hated it,” he said.
“I am just trying to concentrate on the positive aspects which is to raise £500 at least and conquer my fear so it really is a win win situation.”
His jump is part of the hospice’s One Good Thing campaign.
He said: “I didn’t just want to have my head shaved, I wanted to do something like this.
“It is a relatively easy challenge especially since there will be someone there just to shove me out of the plane.”
To sponsor Jason, who lives in Hove Edge, visit the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice shop in Commercial Street, Brighouse, the one in King Cross, Halifax, or visit www.justgiving.com/jason-costello
“It’s hugely important that people sponsor me because the hospice needs to raise £2.5 million to run and now that we are open we look after families at the hospice as well as at home.
“The more money we can raise the better it is for the community,” he said.
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