DARING fundraisers are jumping for joy – having raised thousands of pounds by taking the plunge in a charity skydive.
The group of five raised funds for different charities – including Heart of England Mencap where four of them work.
Katie Berry, Cate Mahon, Becky Davies, Jenna Haycock and Trevor Boot all successfully completed their jump at Hinton Airfield in Brackley.
Through sponsorship they raised £1,500 for Heart of England Mencap, £1,270 for Fibromyalgia Action UK, £500 for the MS Society and £300 for Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue.
It was a giant leap of faith for Becky Davies, management accountant for Heart of England Mencap, but one she’d be happy to repeat again.
She told The Observer: “It went really well – I loved it.
“I was really nervous in the morning but when you sit there and watch everybody else jumping, you start to calm. Once we were in the plane that was it – there was no going back. We fell 8,000 feet in 43 seconds but it feels far more like floating than falling; an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again.”
Cath Errington, fundraising manager for Heart of England Mencap, thanked the intrepid fundraisers.
“They have raised a really impressive amount for their chosen charities, including ours, and we are so grateful. They know just how much it will mean to our customers, enabling activities and equipment which just wouldn’t be possible without fundraising support like this.”
Heart of England Mencap supports around 200 local people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.