Charity skydive challenge for daredevil brothers

Charity skydive challenge for daredevil brothers

Daring brothers Sam and Ben Mattin in Coín earlier this week. / SUR
  • Ben and Sam Mattin will do the daring challenge in Seville to raise funds for The Hannah Edwards Star of Hope bowel cancer fund

Two daredevil brothers have decided to take to the sky to raise money and awareness for Bowel Cancer UK's Never Too Young campaign. Ben (19) and Sam (22) Mattin were inspired to do a skydive challenge after a local singer who performs in their mother's bar lost his fiancée to bowel cancer last August.

Hannah Edwards, a 37-year-old British expat, died from the disease just three weeks after being diagnosed. Following her death, Hannah's family, along with fiancée Tony Whitehouse, launched the Star of Hope fund and awareness campaign in her name to help raise money for Bowel Cancer UK. The campaign has been supported by local expats and entertainers, and now The Olive Tree, where the brothers work as waiters, has also got behind the campaign.

"We decided to raise money for the bowel cancer charity because a local singer who is a good friend lost his fiancée to the disease. We wanted to do something for charity, and so we thought this would be a really good idea," Ben told SUR in English.

Originally from Norwich, Ben and Sam will travel to Seville on Friday 23 July to do the jump, although Ben says that he is a little nervous at the thought of it, seeing as he has never attempted anything like this.

"Neither of us have ever done anything like this before. We are not nervous at the moment, but I imagine once we get there, the nerves will start to kick in. Once we get up there though, there will not be much choice, so we will just have to jump," Ben explained.

The daring brothers, who are described by their mother as "total nutcases for jumping out of a plane", have not set a target figure, but they are hoping to raise as much money and awareness for the campaign as possible.

"We have set up a GoFundMe page and we are also getting lots of support, donations and sponsors from the regular customers who use the bar, so I hope we will raise a lot of money for this worthy cause," Ben said.