Team of sky­divers leap from 10,000 feet to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A TEAM of ten so­cial hous­ing of­fi­cers took a leap of faith to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice.

The group from town-cen­tre based Peaks & Plains Hous­ing Trust took part in a tan­dem sky dive ear­lier this month at Til­stock Air­field in Shrop­shire.

With a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor join­ing each of the brave sky­divers they jumped from the plane at 10,000 feet.

Each of them then ex­pe­ri­enced free-fall for around 30 sec­onds un­til they reached 5,000 feet where their para­chute was re­leased.

Peaks & Plains Hous­ing Trust sup­port East Cheshire Hospice as their cho­sen cor­po­rate char­ity, and so asked staff for in­ter­est in tak­ing part in the sky­dive.

Amaz­ingly, 45 staff were keen to take part, and so the lucky 10 were names picked out of the hat.

They in­clude Chris Cop­pen­hall, in­come of­fi­cer, Claire O’Con­nor, busi­ness sup­port of­fi­cer, Craig Browne, joiner, and Gina Braith­waite, new ten­ancy Sup­port Of­fi­cer.

Oth­ers who threw them­selves ground­ward from height in­clude Harry Moss, res­i­dent in­volve­ment ap­pren­tice, Isla Telford, fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion of­fi­cer, Lee John­son, new ten­ancy team leader, Liam Hayes, in­come ap­pren­tice, Phil Raven­scroft, as­sis­tant su­per­vi­sor, and Sharon Bace­galupo, in­de­pen­dent liv­ing ad­vi­sor.

Through in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ing, some team ac­tiv­i­ties and cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship, the team man­aged to raise over £3,500 for the hospice.

Tim Pinder, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Peaks & Plains, ex­pressed his thanks to the brave team.

He said: “We are so proud of our team of sky­divers. Not only are they in­cred­i­bly brave for tak­ing part in this chal­lenge, they’ve also raised an im­pres­sive amount of money an im­por­tant lo­cal cause.

“I’d like to pass on a huge thank you to all our spon­sors for their sup­port: Pure Imag­i­na­tion De­sign & Ad­ver­tis­ing, Au­to­mo­tive Leas­ing, Mag­nus Ltd, Sphere UK De­sign & Print, Cheshire Gap Deli and Golden Green Travel.”

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