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Sky is the limit for Scottish MEP

Alyn Smith MEP prepares for a daredevil skydive jump from the dizzying height of 10,000ft over St Andrews this weekend. Alyn and his partner, Jonathon, are going to take a ‘leap of faith’, jumping out of a plane in a filmed tandem skydive to support LGBT Youth Scotland.

The Scottish politician and his partner will be accelerating in freefall from 0 to around 120mph, before the parachute opens after 30 seconds. Luckily they will be attached to professional skydivers to ensure a safe landing!

Alyn said: 

“We are slightly nervous and expecting the challenge to be a bit scary but fun. Our aim is to raise awareness of the work of LGBT Youth Scotland as well as raise some much-needed funds.

“LGBT Youth Scotland provides help and advice to many young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. Most of these young people come to the charity looking for some advice or someone to talk to when it comes to dealing with bullying, coming out, mental health and sexual health. Their fantastic work inspires us and we are happy to throw ourselves out of a plane if it means we can help a bit!

“There’s still a few days for people to give money to support LGBT Youth Scotland through sponsoring us. Our sponsorship page is at for anyone who wants to do that.”

Fergus McMillan, LGBT Youth Scotland Chief Executive said: 

“It’s brilliant that Alyn is willing to jump out of a plane to support LGBT young people, I’m not sure we could ask much more of our supporters!

“It’s also a great way to highlight the work that needs done to fully support and include LGBT young people, and the support that LGBT Youth Scotland needs to do so.”

LGBT Youth Scotland is the only national organisation in Scotland providing dedicated support services for young and vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. They provide a lifeline to thousands of young people ‘coming out’ and ‘staying out’, exchanging fear and isolation for friends, support and a new start in life. LGBT Youth Scotland passionately believe that every LGBT young person should have a voice and we strive to ensure that all LGBT young people feel included in the life of Scotland.

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