As part of Platform81’s ongoing #10for10 campaign, an intrepid team from the Stockport based digital design agency flew to a height of 15,000ft and free-fell back to Earth.
Amanda, Luke, James, David and Nick partnered with an experienced professional at Lancaster Black Knights Parachute centre to tandem skydive to raise the vital funds needed to help find new treatments to prevent childhood cancer.
The day began with an early start in the summer sunshine as the Platform81 team decided to go the extra mile and volunteered to raise the height of their jumps to 15,000ft instead of the usual 11,000 (which is the highest jump in the UK currently across existing skydiving centres).
Founder / director Nick Wroe said:
“Whilst waiting our turn it was fantastic to witness other hobbyist skydivers casually gear up, take off to the heavens and descend back to earth through clear skies. With families in full support, James lead the way as the first P81 skydiver, “…before I knew it I was in the jump suit and getting in a plane. Such an adrenalin rush to be the first out!”
“David and I took to the skies together (not tandem may we add!), and I was even allowed full control of the descent and chute for a brief few moments as my instructor and I glided down to earth.”
Next up was Amanda, who to everyone’s surprise was extremely calm:
“I kept thinking surely the nerves are going to kick in, but I was just so excited nerves went out the window – literally! There was probably one moment during the ascent when my tandem instructor pointed out that we were at 1,000 ft and we only had another 14,000 to go that I thought…. am I really doing this?!?”
Last up was Luke, probably the most nervous of the team, although he stepped up to the challenge and agreed to have his dive filmed.
“I honestly couldn’t be more proud of the whole team, not only for jumping out of a plane but for their sheer determination to help raise as much money as possible for Kidscan.”
“As part of our ongoing efforts to raise £10,000 we are just short of the half way point with nearly £4,000 raised so far with over £2,000 of that coming from the skydive alone.
“We would really appreciate it if you could help us on our mission in our 10th year, so if you would like to sponsor the team for their plummet to earth, or want to just support an amazing cause, you can do so by following the link here.