LANGAR: The Archbishop of York made a parachute jump for charity on Friday, returning to earth exhilarated by the experience.

Archbishop John Sentamu, 58, made his jump from 3,800 metres in tandem with a veteran of the Red Devils parachute team. The team were in free fall until opening the parachute at 1,500 m.

“I was praying like anybody’s business up there. It was an amazing, amazing experience,” he said after returning to earth at Langar air base near Nottingham.

“I thought to myself, why have I taken so long to do this?”

A Yorkshire businessman, Guy Brudenell, 38, had proposed the jump after meeting Sentamu at a charity dinner, and was surprised when the archbishop quickly agreed.

They hope to raise £50,000 (aboot Rs. 40 lakh) in sponsorship for the Afghanistan Trust, which supports the families of paratroopers from 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who have been wounded or killed in Afghanistan. — AP