The son of a well-known parish priest and magistrate is to complete a charity skydive in his memory.
James Wimbush, of Green Lane, Banbury, is busy preparing for a tandem skydive on Saturday, September 28 in memory of his father, Rev Canon Timothy Wimbush, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
Mr Wimbush, a rector of six parishes, passed away at the age of 67 on September 22, 2011, after suffering from cancer for 16 months.
He was a parish priest in Sibford Gower for 35 years, a local magistrate for 22 years and a Rural Dean for 14 years.
James, a father of two, will be undertaking the challenge at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield.
He said: “The day of the skydive will be six days after the two-year anniversary of his death.
“I’ve always wanted to do a skydive and I just thought I’m 35, so I might as well do it now.”
In the December of the year of his death, Mr Wimbush’s family took part in the Banbury Santa Fun Run, raising funds for Katharine House Hospice where he died. At that time the family as a whole raised more than £2,000 for the hospice.
James said: “He was there for six days before he passed away. They were so amazing we wanted to raise money for them, but this time I wanted to do something different while still doing it for a good cause.
“I chose Cancer Research because I wanted to make a contribution to the research that goes on into preventing cancer in the first place.”
So far, James has raised £700 but he is hoping to smash his £1,000 target.
“If I could raise about £1,500 that would be absolutely brilliant, because everything extra will be a bonus for the charity,” he added.
James is as a transport manager and also works part-time at the Gate Hangs High pub in Hook Norton.
Those who would like to sponsor his skydive can either pop into the pub to fill in a sponsorship form or go to www.bmycharity.com/jameswimbush