Sky’s the Limit as YN Free-Fall to Raise £11,000

23 July 2013

We were told that 80% of the time, the parachute works every time! The craziest thing I’ve ever done. Thank you Norwood!

A group of 10 thrill seekers took to the skies over Reading Airfield on Sunday 21st July, for YN’s Skydive challenge. The young professionals enjoyed spectacular views as they jumped from 10,000 feet reaching speeds of up to 120mph on their descent to the airfield.

The fundraising challenge on one of the UK’s hottest Sunday’s of the year raised more than £11,000 in sponsorship for Norwood, which supports vulnerable children, their families and people with learning disabilities. Pioneered by YN Challenges Chair James Scott, the event was part of Norwood’s programme to involve young people in fundraising initiatives.

Jonathan Erdman, a trainee Solicitor from Wembley, took on the challenge, motivated by the fact that his mother and her brothers and sisters were looked after by Norwood when they were little. Jonathan raised an impressive £1,000 for the charity in sponsorship.

Jonathan said: "We were told that 80% of the time, the parachute works every time! The craziest thing I’ve ever done. Thank you Norwood!"

Also participating in the leap of faith was Norwood’s HR Officer, Rebecca Hill and HR Adviser, Avila O’Sullivan.

Rebecca said: "When I saw the email pop up about the YN skydive I rather impulsively decided it would be a good idea to jump out of a plane and fall to the ground at 120mph…saying this, my impulsive reaction paid off and we raised a superb £11,000 for Norwood which I am very happy to have been a part of. The skydive was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life, I absolutely loved it!"

Avila said: "Sunday was the most amazing experience. I’ve wanted to do a Skydive for quite some time now but I think the fact I was raising money for charity was the deciding factor in encouraging me to actually get up and do it! The instructors on the day were so nice and really did everything to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. The whole experience was so surreal and I would most definitely (and most probably will!) do it again. I cannot recommend the experience enough."

Nicola Koppelmann, Business Development Manager, YN, said: "The YN Skydive will definitely go down as one of our most exciting Challenges to date! It was a great day for everyone involved, including family and friends who came to offer their support. I’d like to thank everyone who took part for helping to raise such an impressive amount for our services."

The next Norwood Challenge is Challenges in the City, where participants will get the chance to abseil down Beaufort House and/or embark on a 13 mile walk through the capital, crossing 12 of London’s most iconic bridges which will take place on the 15th September. For more information about YN’s Challenges throughout the year.