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Daring George Pas all set for skydive
4:00pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
THE past few days have been filled with stories of Felix Baumgartner breaking the speed of sound by freefalling to Earth from space.
Now former soldier George Pas, who was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident last year, is all set to jump out of an aeroplane in a tandem skydive.
He won’t be jumping from 24 miles up like Baumgartner, but his efforts will be challenging as he was paralysed in a bike accident and left in a wheelchair.
Despite the obvious frustrations at being paralysed from the waist down, George has always tried to look on the positive side and is hoping his skydive on October 20 will raise funds towards an off-road wheelchair.
George, who used to live at The Crescent in Ilminster, but is now living in an adapted bungalow in Chard with his family, is also planning on raising money for the SSAFA Forces Help charity.
“I tell myself there’s always someone worse off than myself,” he said.
“From a military aspect there are over 330 service personnel families who would much rather have their lost loved ones in a wheelchair than where they act-ually are after making the ultimate sacrifice.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor George can visit www.justgiving.com/george-pas.
George is also turning into something of a writer, and is penning an interesting and thought-provoking blog at www.george pas.co.uk/blog.
“I’m trying to let people know what life in a wheelchair is like,” he said.
“I’m paralysed from the waist down, and even now I’m trying to adapt to doing things without being able to use my legs or lower muscles.
“I do manage and have taught myself almost everything.”