A huge thank you to 17 daring skydivers who leapt 13,000 feet out of a plane this weekend to raise money to support children with life-threatening conditions and their families. Between them they’ve raised nearly £12,000 so far.

Among the brave daredevils was Hannah McKinnon (pictured above), reservation manager at Southwater Group, Holiday Inn. Hannah was challenged with losing weight in order to take part in the event. She lost an incredible five stones and went on to raise more than £3,000.

A team from Mowgli Cheshire Oaks restaurant have raised nearly £1,000. We were also joined by a group of nursing students from Wrexham University, who have so far raised £1,380.

Some of our own staff also braved the challenge. Well done to care staff Stephanie Pooley and Phil Evans, fundraiser Vicky Bradbeer and Ludlow charity shop assistant manager Carol Asbury.

Fundraiser Bekki Fardoe was on the ground supporting participants on the day.

She said: "It was a lovely day, and the weather was kind to us. The atmosphere was electric and they were all so brave. Free-falling out of a plane from 13,000 feet is a huge challenge, so we were thrilled that all 17 participants made the leap, and left with smiles on their faces. Thank you to them for taking part and to all their friends and family who have sponsored them. The money raised will enable Hope House & Ty Gobaith to provide care, support and respite for local children with life-threatening illnesses.”

Olivia and Niamh, from Mowglis, supported each other to make the leap.

Friends Olivia Bretherton and Niamh Ledson who work together at Mowglis, said:

“That was the best think I’ve ever done in my life. The most amazing experience!”

If you’re inspired by these brave fundraisers then join our next skydive on 28th September. Or sign up for one of our events that remain firmly on the ground.

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