Local women Sarah Quinn and Louise Frazer are taking part in NSPCC’s ‘Big Skydive’ this week to raise much-needed funds for local services.
The event, which takes place on 4th and 5th October at various sites across the UK, including Coleraine, will help raise money to fund the NSPCC’s work with vulnerable children.
Sarah, 30, and Louise, 36, along with teammate Marianne Darragh, also work in the NSPCC Foyle team, and know how vital the funds raised will be.
Sarah said, “I wanted to take part in an event to raise money for the NSPCC to aid their work in the area and the skydive is the perfect challenge.
“I see the fantastic work that my colleagues do for the children locally, and know the change it can have on their lives.
“The support the NSPCC give to children in Northern Ireland and across the UK is immense and I think it is important that everyone is aware of the work they do.
“I have been raising lots of money by asking for donations, taking part in a collection outside our local Matalan store and organising a Lucky Dip in a nearby shopping centre.
“I would encourage anyone who is thinking of doing the skydive to go for it; not only is it a great personal challenge, but you will aid the NSPCC in your community.”
Louise added, “I’ve completed a tandem skydive before and thoroughly enjoyed it, so to have the opportunity to do it again and raise money for my charity of choice and the place I work was too good a chance to turn down.
“The work we do is so important, and to ensure our services keep running then it’s vital to raise funds and keep it in people’s minds.”
NSPCC Northern Ireland fundraising manager, Fionnuala Savage added, “At NSPCC we want to make a difference to vulnerable children and families, and can’t do that without the help of our dedicated fundraising volunteers.
“Every penny raised will go towards maintaining our vital services. Our service centres across in Foyle, Craigavon and Belfast offer help and therapeutic treatment to families, and our ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service teams aims to visit all UK primary schools by 2016 to help younger children recognise abuse and where they can get help.
“None of this would be possible without fundraising, and we are so grateful to Sarah, Louise and all of our Big Skydive participants for their support; with your help we can end cruelty to children and young people for good.”
Solo or tandem skydives are available and participants must be over the age of 16. No experience is necessary as full training will be given. Registration and jump fee is £50 and your jump is free if you’re able to raise minimum sponsorship of £450.
For more information contact the Northern Ireland fundraising team on 028 9035 1135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The team will be able to offer you fundraising support and a range of materials to help you generate support for your jump. You can sign up online at www.nspcc.org.uk/thebigskydive
The NSPCC runs projects and services to help vulnerable children as well as providing ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice. If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit http://www.nspcc.org.uk. Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk.