High-flying fundraisers take to the skies
A daredevil team from one of our Surrey services took a leap closer to reaching their fundraising target for a new sensory room after skydiving for their cause recently.
The group from Little Smugglers took part in the jump on National Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) They are aiming to raise £20,000 to renovate an unused classroom and turn it into a room which could be used for sensory play, as a classroom, cinema and day centre. The room would benefit not only the people supported at Little Smugglers but also the local community.
Graham, who lives at Little Smugglers, made the jump with Deputy Manager, Hayley Wilkins, Team Leader, Harry Smith and Lydia Ballard, whose relative lives at the residential home.
Graham, who has Autism, was sponsored by Luke Thompson and Lewis Pears, owners of Assassins Gym in Crowborough, East Sussex, to take part in the skydive.
Deputy Manager Hayley Wilkins, said:
“We were delighted to receive so much support from our friends, family and colleagues and many of them travelled with us to the skydive centre in Kent, where we made the jump from. I’d particularly like to thank Consensus Support Services, Assassins Gym, UK Power Networks and Sharpthorne Social Club for their support and donations.
“Graham had a wonderful time taking part in the jump and he had no fear, unlike me. He jumped with a cameraman so his whole experience was filmed, which was fantastic.”
Hayley confirmed that the skydive raised £1,400 and to date they have raised £8,000 for the cause through fundraising parties, fetes and a talent contest. The full £20,000 is needed to ensure the project is fully compliant with health and safety regulations, is wheelchair accessible and has an onsite wet room and kitchen facilities.
Anyone wishing to contribute to Little Smugglers fundraising cause can visit http://www.gofundme.com/q5aa9dw