Posted Tue 12 Dec 2017
On Saturday 9th December 2017, 8 brave TORI-ans and a representative from CLIC Sargent took part in the National Santa Skydive 2017. The group target was to raise £4,000 which would make a huge difference to young lives diagnosed with cancer and their families… We smashed the target and have raised £6,000!
It was a chilly morning in Peterborough, England, on the day of the skydive with temperatures of -30 degrees Fahrenheit at 11,000ft, the height that we were going to jump out of a plane from. We were taken through the training and it dawned on us that we were about to face our fears. We donned jumpsuits, followed by our red Santa Claus suits and hats, and although we looked comical, we weren’t complaining about the extra layer of warmth! We attempted to settle our nerves with a few games of Jenga in the café as we waited to be called to board the tiny plane. Finally, it was time to jump and conquer our fears. Once we were in the plane, there was no going back. We were all apprehensive, but doing it as a group meant that we could support each other and we were all in it together. Nevertheless, we all completed the tandem skydives and landed safely on the ground. A few of us felt nauseous from the parachute part but nevertheless enjoyed the whole experience. It was a beautifully clear day and the views of the rolling English countryside were breath-taking. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of freefall through the sky at 150mph. We even saw some snow up there which suited the theme of the day perfectly!
One of the jumpers, Caz Robbins, said: "it was amazing once the parachute opened!"
The support we received from family, friends, and everyone at TORI was phenomenal and we couldn’t have done it without them. We are proud of raising £6,000 for a charity that we care so much about and conquering our fears in a festive way. Thank you to everyone who has supported - you can still donate on our Just Giving page here (please note some donations have been made offline).
About CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.