An Addenbrooke's security officer from Shepreth took on a 13,000ft skydive tandem skydive to raise money for the hospital.

Martyn Grass, who organised the skydive over Beccles Airfield with his colleague Mark, raised nearly £6,000 for Addenbrooke's and the Rosie along with other members of the 10-strong hospital security team.

Martyn described the jump as "absolutely amazing", and added: "It was so fast! We covered a mile and a half in 10 seconds!

Royston Crow: The 10-strong security team taking on the tandem skydive for ACTThe 10-strong security team taking on the tandem skydive for ACT (Image: ACT)

"The adrenaline when you land is like nothing you have felt before. We were literally all hugging at the end of it.

"Only one of the team was a bit off colour when they landed but all the security team were great."

The team, which provides security across the whole of the Addenbrooke's site, completed the challenge for the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT) to raise money for young people with mental health issues.

Martyn said: "Working at the hospital is quite challenging for all the security officers dealing with paediatric mental health issues.

"Sometimes we have to deal with people trying to abscond, so it was important for us to try and raise money for young people with mental health issues to show our support."

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Earlier this year, Martyn was awarded a You Made a Difference Award by the hospital for the passion he puts into his work.

He was nominated for the award by a young woman who was admitted into A&E overnight in a distressed state.


Martyn said: "She was with a family member at the time who was very concerned about her. I sat down with her and chatted to her about her mental health and she wrote into the hospital thanking me for taking the time to speak to her.

"Apparently she is doing really well now."

Martyn is also raising money through a prom night raffle for Year 11 pupils.

ACT’s head of fundraising, Donna Lee-Willis, said: “We are delighted that Martyn and his colleagues have been able to have fun whilst at the same time raising such an amazing amount of money for ACT that will benefit patients and staff."