“It seemed like a good idea at the time” said Jo Harper, when we asked her why she and four Bromford colleagues decided to jump out of a plane 13,000 feet, travelling at speeds of around 120 mph to raise funds for YouCan.
Jo Harper, Dave Round, Kully Braich, James McGlone and Jon Birks decided to each do a tandem skydive for the foundation that offers £300 grants to help people step forward with their ideas, no matter how small, and brings these to life in the form of kick starting bright ideas, community projects, education, volunteering and business opportunities.
On 21 August, a cloudy Tuesday, the five of them gathered at the airfield– full of excitement (and a touch of trepidation).
And after five nervous hours waiting for the clouds to clear, the time finally came to get make the jump.
Once everyone was back on terra firma we caught up with a few of the team to see how they felt…
James McGlone, talent and resourcing specialist, said:
“The whole day was an amazing experience. Although I’ve skydived before, I still didn’t know 100% what to expect. And this time around it was with the added pride that I was doing it with some great colleagues raising money for a brilliant cause. So I’d also like to say a huge thanks to everyone who supported, donated and spread the word. And, yes… I probably would do it again!”
Jo Harper, business analyst, said:
“What an experience…never again though. I have never experienced fear like it! The moment the door opened and I was sitting on the edge of a plane at 13,000 feet was the worst, but also the best, experience I’ve ever had. There are just no words to describe it. Knowing that we had everyone supporting us and donating to an amazing cause made it slightly easier… only slightly though!
Dave Round, maintenance manager, added:
“Well, there is nothing quite like throwing yourself out of a plane at 13,000 feet and free falling at 120mph towards Earth, to challenge any fears you might have. Truly magnificent experience and to raise donations for such a great cause makes it extra special. Thanks to all the people that have donated.”
So far the team have raised almost £600 – smashing their target of £200 and if would like to add to the donations, you can do so by visiting the Bromford skydiving team page.
To find out more about the community projects that all money raised helps to fund, take a look at the blog here.