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Sponsored skydive raises money for Groundwork
01 July 2014
A daredevil skydiver has raised over £400 for Groundwork having taken part in a sponsored tandem skydive from 11,000ft.
After making the exhilarating jump, Ste Allan, who works as a landscape architect for Groundwork, explained what inspired him to fundraise for the charity by leaping out of a plane.
He said: “I was keen to do something in my own little way to raise awareness of Groundwork ever since I joined the team two years ago and saw the inspirational, passionate and varied work we get involved with. The fact that the money I raised would be going towards our mission of changing places and changing lives was enough for me to register my interest and get involved.
“Having successfully hit my fundraising target, I had the jump to look forward to. I didn’t feel anxious or fearful - the only moment I had any doubts was at the point of no return - where my whole body was hanging out of the door of the airplane, 11,000ft up, wind rushing past my face, with only a few clips securing me to the man with the parachute. I looked down at the fields below and thought ‘Ah, this is quite high!’
“Having landed safely, I can honestly say it was an experience of a lifetime, and something everyone should try. From the blindingly fast adrenaline rush of the freefall, to the serene silence and glide to earth, it was absolutely incredible and something I will definitely do again.”
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork chief executive, said: “It’s colleagues like Ste that help make Groundwork so special: as a landscape architect his work helps to create better places for communities and yet still finds the time to support our work in other ways by skydiving.
“Groundwork staff are always passionate and committed to changing places and lives by going the extra mile but I think this is the first time anyone has gone so far as to jump out of a plane!”
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