Updated: Sep 6, 2021
On Sunday 23rd May 2021, 7 amazingly brave supporters took to the sky to take part in our first charity skydive.
Only 1 out of the 7 had taken part in a skydive before, and they were all due to jump out of an aircraft at 15,000 feet and plunge down to earth at speeds of over 120 mph to support children and young people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and poverty stricken or living with life-limiting illnesses.
After some onsite training, our supporters had been briefed on how to leave the aircraft and land and were ready to go! We waved them goodbye as they boarded a very small plane which climbed up to 15,000 feet above Peterborough. We watched from the ground, as one by one they departed from the plane, free falling for 50 seconds at speeds in excess of 120 mph, and travelling the 2 miles to be back on firm ground.
We can safely say that they were all elated by what they had achieved and are so proud of what they achieved, many overcoming height fears and showing amazing courage and resilience in taking part.
These are just some of the quotes from our supporters…….
“Doing a sky dive has always been on my bucket list, so when the opportunity came up to not only tick it off the list but to raised money for a fantastic cause too, I just had to jump at the chance. It was a fantastic experience, the free fall was slightly nerve racking but the view after that, more than made up for it. I’d do it again any day and I’d recommend it to anyone”.
Beth Barwell, Saffery Champness
“I chose to support SCF not only because it is our firm’s chosen charity of the year, but I also feel it is especially important to support children at this time where daily life is already made more difficult due to the pandemic. I hope that the money we have raised can really help to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to have a better quality of life. I really enjoyed the skydive, there were amazing views from 15,000ft up and I’d love to do it again if I get the chance!” Rachel Stoliar, Saffery Champness
“The reason why I did it was to do something worthwhile and hopefully make a difference to somebody else’s life. When I was a child playing for my football team helped me feel part of something kept me off the streets and gave me focus” Peter Compton
Watch our video of our amazing skydivers and hear more about their experience as they took to the skies.
Would you like to take part in our next skydive scheduled for September? If so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more details or call 01733 390337.
The minimum age for participation is 16. Please visit http://ukparachuting.co.uk/terms/ for height and weight limits.
Registration is £50 and we ask you to pledge to raise £400 in sponsorship for Sports Connections Foundation.