Sky High Challenge for the New Year

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By CHSW_ | Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 10:43

As New Year's Resolutions get bandied around the office and at home, and the excitement and warmth of Christmas wears off, why not set yourself a challenge? Something that will not only add to your achievements but make a difference to children with life limiting illnesses too?

This year Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) have organised three weekends when you can face your fears, take fundraising to the next level and achieve a challenge from a great height, as they offer you the chance to do a freefall tandem Skydive of 10,000 ft.

This opportunity is available to anyone over the age of 16, who is willing to take on the challenge in the name of raising vital funds to help local families supported by CHSW. If you don't want to face your fears on your own then why not rope in a friend, colleague or partner to sign up too? 

The weekends available to take part in this incredible experience are the 22nd and 23rd February, 14th and 15th June and 6th and 7th September however if these dates are not suitable for you then you can choose another weekend between February and the end of November and still complete the Skydive for CHSW.

The skydives are run at Perranporth Airfield by Cornwall Parachute Company and are a  fantastic way to raise money for Little Harbour – CHSW's 'hospice by the sea' near St Austell.

Kiley Tellam, a member of the Fundraising Team at Little Harbour, completed a Skydive with a group of friends last year in aid of Little Harbour and said "If you had asked me if I would ever do such a thing two years ago when I began my career with CHSW the answer would most defiantly have been no!!! One year on I made a decision to face my fear of heights, not being in control and not knowing whether the parachute was going to open....so why you may ask? The reason was simple. My biggest fear is losing one of my children, but for parents at Little Harbour this fear will one day become a reality but if they could face their fear, then my fear was a mere comparison. If I was going to jump I certainly was not going to do it alone, I wanted to do it with those I love and trusted, with my partner Keith and my 3 friends who are more like brothers, and we aptly named our team Leap of Faith.

After 6 months of car boot sales, supermarket store collections and badgering our friends to donate our team took to the skies at Perranporth I moved towards the edge of the plane, crossed my arms on my chest, and took my leap of faith. One word. EXHILARATING. Most importantly on that summer's day our team raised over £2000.00 towards the vital running costs that allow families to take a leap of faith at Little Harbour, to have the support they need to not only create memories for short and precious lives but face their fears within a supportive and caring environment. "

If you have been inspired to take your leap of faith then why not register now? There is a simple booking fee of just £50 to pay when you register and you need to raise a further £345 through sponsorship and fundraising which covers the costs of the skydive and a donation of £180 to CHSW.

Head of Fundraising at Little Harbour, Emma Lloyd says "Every year we have very brave individuals taking on incredible challenges to help raise money for our beautiful hospice and we couldn't be more grateful. The Skydive is an amazing experience, particularly over the beautiful Cornish landscape and we would encourage anyone who has been thinking about if for a while to take the leap of faith and sign up. Our families rely on donations from people like you so this could be your good deed for the year!"

To find out more about the Skydive email reception.lh@chsw.org.uk or call Little Harbour on 01726 871800 to receive an information pack.

Little Harbour relies very heavily on donations made from the general public in order to keep being able to offer the care and support they do to children with life limited conditions and their families. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved, face your fears and do something amazing in 2014. 

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