NSPCC - The Big Skydive
Posted 10/10/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Colleagues from BrightHouse have been doing more and more to support our partner charity, the NSPCC recently - including jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet!
The NSPCC Big Skydive returned this year, with jumps taking place all over the UK. Jamie Thirlwall from the BrightHouse head office took part on the 26 September in Cambridge and said it was a great experience, though he made the tandem jump straight into cloud so he couldn’t see anything until they passed through!
Another group of BrightHouse colleagues took part on Sunday 5 October at Langar Airfield in Nottingham. Wellingborough store manager, John Taylor, and customer service advisors Abigail Ross and Lee Steele, as well as Lee’s sister Laura, all made the jump. Thankfully the weather was clear, however they ended up jumping from 15,000 feet instead as they were the last team of the day, giving them a bit more time to enjoy freefalling at 120mph!
“We’ve always wanted to do a Skydive. At our company’s annual conference, we became aware of the NSPCC Big Skydive event. We thought, why not support our corporate charity partner and the amazing work they do to support children and families whilst doing something we’ve always wanted to do!” said John.
It was an amazing experience for everyone on the team, as well as another great opportunity to raise money for the NSPCC.
In the lead up to the NSPCC Big Skydive, the team also got involved with fundraising and promoting the event. They were supported by friends and family, as well as local BrightHouse store colleagues at Bletchley and Northampton. Competitions and bake sales helped with reaching their targets.
The combined fundraising efforts of everyone who took part resulted in over £4,000 being raised for the NSPCC, including match funding from BrightHouse – what a fantastic achievement!
The NSPCC is BrightHouse’s official partner charity, and is the only children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. They protect children, support families in every community in the UK and work each and every day to rebuild lives, restore hope and end child abuse.
ChildLine, the NSPCC's free, 24 hour confidential helpline is also there for children – on the phone and online – who feel like they can’t talk to anyone else about things like family problems, bullying and self-harm.
A big well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the NSPCC Big Skydive, as well as all those who made donations and supported the team.