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Gloucestershire friends skydiving across Europe for National Star College

By MICHAEL PURTON

DARING friends are cycling across Europe and skydiving in each country along the way to raise money for a college for young people with disabilities.

Andrew Buffrey, from Springbank, and Marcus Hill, from Tewkesbury, are cycling across the continent to help boost funds for the National Star College in Ullenwood.

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They have already biked their way through France and Luxembourg and are currently in Belgium.

From there, they will go on to Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, before reaching the final foreign destination of Norway.

They are doing a skydive in each country along the way, and are asking people to sponsor them as they take on the mammoth challenge.

They set off in March and expect the journey to take around six months. They will be camping out each night to save as much money as possible to donate to the college.

Both electrician Andrew and artist Marcus are keen skydivers, and they have set themselves a budget of just £1,500 for the entire journey.

They hope to find casual labour along their way to pay for the cost of doing each skydive.

Andrew was inspired to take on the gruelling cross-continent trek after being hugely impressed by the students and staff at the National Star College when he did some work there.

The 31-year-old said: “I chose to support the college after carrying out some electrical work on their changing rooms a couple of years ago.

“I saw the amazing work they do and had the pleasure of talking with a few of the kids and teenagers there.

“We decided to do this challenge because we are both keen skydivers and neither of us have travelled much in our lives, so we figured Europe was a safe place to start. We chose to cycle and wild camp the journey, simply because it suits our budget of just £1,500 each.

“We will have to find work along the way to ensure we can make all the jumps, especially as we approach the Scandinavian countries.”

The college provides further education, training and personal development for young people aged 16 to 25 with physical and mental disabilities.

To sponsor Andrew and Marcus, go to http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewBuffrey

Read more: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Gloucestershire-friends-skydiving-Europe-National/story-18989856-detail/story.html#ixzz2a0J0eTsP
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