Fundraisers fly high for iCARE in daring charity skydive

The parachute jumpers present a cheque to iCARE.

The parachute jumpers present a cheque to iCARE.

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Charity supporters raised vital funds for local autism charity i.C.AR.E. when they took part in a skydive last month at Carrickfinn Airport.

The 13 brave fundraisers jumped out of an aircraft at 13,000 feet and free fell at speeds of over 120mph, before opening the parachute for a safe landing, raising 4373.50 euro for i.C.A.R.E.

Phelim McKinney, who organised the event, said: “It was a great day and we all had a fantastic time. It was daunting at first but I’m pleased we raised so much money.

“The i.C.A.R.E centre was set up in September 2000 by like minded parents from Inishowen who realised that there was a need for a local charity organisation to represent the views of all parents of persons with autism. We provide support, training, information and respite to families.

“We would like to thank everyone who took part on the day and in particular everyone who sponsored the jumpers.”

iCare and Sonas Youth Club thanked Phelim McKinney, Matthew Cutliffe, Jackie White, Paul Devlin, Rose Gillen, Mary Bonner, Andrew McFarland, Jennifer Doherty, Mary Doherty, Tony McLaughlin, Alan McMonagle, Jim McLaughlin and Deirdre Lennon.

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