Colin Illman takes his professional commitment to new heights

20th October 2000 at 01:00
(Photograph) - PRIMARY head Colin Illman took his professional commitment to new heights when he parachuted from a plane at 9,500 feet to fund a new teacher. The head of 400-pupil Powell's primary in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, did a tandem skydive with parent Mick Waddel, freefalling over Rendcomb Airfield. The pair raised most of the pound;5,000needed to fill a budget shortfall, which will enable the school to employ a new teacher. It was quite a leap of faith - Mr Illman, a 45-year-old father of four, had never even flown before. Back in the classroom after the jump, he said: "I enjoyed it. I don't know whether I'd go and do it again though."

Photograph by JEFF MORGAN

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