Next month five islanders will be jumping out of a plane at 10,000ft in an attempt to break a world record whilst raising a significant amount of money for children and young people with cancer.
The group from Guernsey, Martin Netherton, Tony Netherton, Rebecca Prevel, Stacey Denning and Josie Tirotto, will all be travelling to Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire for their jump as part of this national campaign to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
More than 700 people across five airfields in the UK will be taking part in this record breaking skydive attempt over the weekend of 14 and 15 September which could raise in excess of £240,000.
The charity hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the most tandem parachute jumps in 24 hours, an attempt which, if successful, will raise enough money to fund seven CLIC Sargent nurses for an entire year.
The Guernsey branch of CLIC Sargent helped to secure these five places and each person had to raise £345 each. Because of the additional cost of flying to the UK Saffery Champness is paying for their flights to ensure that all the money they have raised goes direct to the charity.
Martin Netherton, husband of CLIC Guernsey’s chair Belinda, said he’d made the decision to join the skydive to give something back to CLIC after all the support they received when Belinda’s son Alex was receiving treatment at Southampton General Hospital.
“I expect the day will generate a lot of money for CLIC but what really interested me about taking part was the impact it will have in projecting the name of the charity and all the support it gives to families. It will not just raise awareness but make a lasting impression through such a powerful campaign.”
Josie Tirotto, assistant manager at Saffery Champness, has previously skydived so is aware of what’s involved: “I like to take on a challenge that gets me out my comfort zone. This time however I wanted to do it for CLIC because, although it seems very extreme, it’s nothing compared to what these children or their families go through.”
It is still not too late to sign up for this national charitable fundraising initiative and details can be found here: http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/event/world-record-skydive.
The jump is open to all participants aged 16 or older. Participants over 40 or those with existing or previous medical conditions will need a Declaration of Fitness signed by their doctor beforehand. Anybody under 18 years of age requires consent from a parent or legal guardian. The maximum number of people in any team is 16.
Independent donations can also be made by contacting Belinda Netherton on 264260 or email@example.com.