Dave takes leap of faith

Dave Tinlin who did a parachute jump for Escape Family Support.

Dave Tinlin who did a parachute jump for Escape Family Support.

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A BRAVE Morpeth man has raised almost £1,500 for charity after taking on a daring parachute jump.

Former alcoholic Dave Tinlin was warned that if he didn’t stop drinking he wouldn’t see his 50th birthday.

And with the support of Escape Family Support he hasn’t touched a drop for six years.

After reaching his half century in May, Mr Tinlin signed up for the tandem sky dive with hopes of raising at least £400 to thank Escape for its help.

Now he has smashed the target, collecting £1,430.33 for the charity, which will be used to support its 24-hour helpline.

Mr Tinlin also continues to work for the organisation as a volunteer peer mentor.

Escape Volunteer Co-ordinator Jenny Bell said: “Thanks to our wonderful volunteers like Dave and the generous support of people we will be able to help many families and individuals throughout Northumberland whose lives have been affected by substance misuse.

“Dave has managed to raise an amazing total of £1,430.33. We plan to use the money he has raised to help fund our 24-hour helpline, which ensures there is always someone there to offer help and advice.”

The Blyth-based charity works with people across Northumberland to help them overcome drug and alcohol dependencies.