Daredevil Marc jumps to it

Colin Thompson (left) with Marc Austin
Colin Thompson (left) with Marc Austin

BRAVE Marc Austin will jump from the skies in a 10,000ft fall for a Hartlepool charity.

The 29-year-old self-employed builder is planning a skydive from Shotton on Saturday, September 17.

He is hoping his tandem parachute jump will raise £1,300 for the Artrium which is based in Park Road, Hartlepool, and is a community arts studio.

Cutbacks in funding mean the Artrium is trying to raise more cash through fundraising.

Colin Thompson is the project manager at the Artrium and said he hoped the jump would raise £1,300.

And as he shook the hand of the man who is backing his cause, he joked: “You would not get me up there, but Marc is a friend and he was willing to give it a go.”

Marc, of Stockton Road in Hartlepool and who runs First Point Builders, said: “I have done four parachute jumps before when I was in the Army.

“It is all about getting the ball rolling now and getting the support that we need.”

The Artrium aims to break down the stigma and barriers associated with mental health, as well as providing employment opportunities for local artists.

It started in 1995 as a drop-in centre for people experiencing problems with mental health, and then two people using the service suggested that a garage at the back of the building could be turned into a small art studio.

It became operational within weeks and membership soon grew.

Over the years, the movement flourished and moved to Park Road in 2004.

Anyone wanting to help the Artrium with its fundraising campaign can contact 01429 867775 or e-mail artriumstudio@btconnect.com

l The Artrium is also keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or a director.

Anyone interested can use the contact details above.