Reaching new heights to help raise money

Support workers have reached new heights in their fund-raising efforts.

Monday, 27th August 2018, 9:56 am
Updated Monday, 27th August 2018, 10:01 am
Kay Sibley after her skydive to raise money for The Disabilities Trust.

Staff at Cramlington’s Jane Percy House, a service for adults with physical disabilities, have completed skydives to raise money for The Disabilities Trust, which Jane Percy House is part of.

The Trust is a national charity providing specialist community-based and residential support for adults with acquired brain injury, complex physical or learning disabilities and for people with autism, including education.

Support worker Kay Sibley completed her sky dive on August 5 as part of a team building exercise, while other members at Jane Percy House did their skydive on August 24.

Kay said: “I wanted to raise money for The Disabilities Trust when I began working in an assisted living facility.

“Seeing the service users daily, interacting with them, noticing their struggles made me really want to make a difference, however small.

“I really wanted to raise the money to go directly on something that would benefit our service users and that’s why I decided to challenge myself to do the Tandem Skydive to raise money for them.”

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Hayley Wicker-Bradbury, fundraising manager at The Disabilities Trust, said: “It’s not unusual to use a challenge event such as a sky dive as a team building exercise.

“A shared experience of something as exhilarating as this means that the team can have fun while raising awareness and funds for their service.

“I am not a great flyer, so I think what they did is really amazing.”