Skydivers to 'Jump for Jack' in memory of motorbike enthusiast who died in A146 crash
PUBLISHED: 17:01 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:01 13 March 2019
A group of intrepid parachute jumpers will take the leap of faith in memory of a beloved friend and family member.
Jack Rogers, from Rockland St Mary, tragically died in a motorbike accident on the A146 at Chedgrave on July 6, 2017, at the age of 25.
As a way of remembering her son and celebrating a life that was cruelly cut short, Mr Rogers’ mother, Sally Remblance, was booked on a parachute jump last year at Ellough Airfield - an experience she “loved”.
And now, 12 months down the line, family members and some of the motorbike enthusiast’s closest friends will replicate the feat by undertaking their own skydive on April 1.
“We’re calling it the ‘Jump for Jack’ as this is all about honouring his memory,” said Mrs Remblance. “My daughter booked it for me to do last year and now there are all sorts of people giving it a go this year.
“It will be my daughter’s partner, Jack’s step brother, a number of his friends - who were more like his brothers - and several others. It shows just how popular he was.
“It was a brilliant experience for me last year. There was a bit of motion sickness during the final part of the descent, but other than that it was a lot of fun.”
As a self-confessed motorbike enthusiast, Mr Rogers used to be a mascot for Lings Motor Group and, according to his mother, “lived his life to the full.”
The group of ten will be raising funds for causes including the British Biker Relief Fund (BBRF), which supports motorcyclists and their families following serious and life-changing accidents.
With the skydive just a few weeks away, Mrs Remblance, 54, is determined for the effort to be focused on celebrating her son’s life.
“This is going to be the last year we do it I think because, to be honest, it is so expensive! Everyone is funding it themselves but raising money for the BBRF and other charities such as Mind.
“The Jump for Jack is about celebrating his life rather than anything else. Jack was a lively and vibrant person, as shown by the fact there more than 500 people at his funeral. He was a loved young man.”