GYM STAFF AT BRIZE NORTON RAISE £650

SWO Gareth Davies, RAF Scampton, but formerly of RAF Brize Norton , during his time there, assisted by Emily Morgan the gymnasium cleaner, organised a Tandem Skydive with the RAF Falcons in July( ….report below) and a sponsored ‘Turkey Trot’ at BZN before Christmas. Both events raised the combined sum of £650 which will be used for continuing support of overseas troops and also a proportion allotted to the Assistance Dog Appeal.

Gareth has plans to continue fundraising at his new command at RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows, with plans underway to repeat the Skydive challenge with two places reserved for SOS participants again this year…….. volunteers under 11st are sought to take part so if you are ‘up for the high jump’, for further information, please contact trustees@supportoursoldiers.org.uk

 

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Group shot from L to R:

Mr Gordon Dick (SERCO Rep), Miss Emily Morgan (Event Organiser/Jumper), Derik Bunney (SERCO/Jumper), FS Gareth Davies (SOS trustee), Sgt Jason Everitt (PJI), Miss Amy Metcalf (SOS Fundraiser)

 

Gareth’s Report:

“An intrepid Group of SERCO employees from RAF Brize Norton joined a few adventurous souls from the Charity team at Support our Soldiers (SOS) at the end of the summer to take advantage of the RAF Falcon’ kind invitation to join them at their annual charity day. On a beautiful summer’s day at Sibson Aerodrome in Peterborough, groups of people from all walks of life assembled to receive their training from the country’s premier parachute display team before embarking on a ‘leap of faith’ to secure thousands of pounds for various Charities.

The tandem jumps involved a few hours of training before waiting to take a seat on a flight to 12000 feet. Once there, the door opened and the adrenalin started pumping as you crept to the door hearing the noise of the wind outside. One final check and a ‘thumbs up’ meant we were falling out of the door and into an exhilarating 45 second freefall that was expertly controlled by the Falcon. In a stark contrast, the freefall came to an end abruptly as the chute opened as predicted in the training only to be replaced by the sound of silence as each person took the next 2 minutes floating to the ground and a gentle arrival back at the training area.

Everyone swapped stories over a beer or two after the event on what a great day was had by all, everyone agreeing that the hard part was yet to come – collecting the sponsorship in!!

Many thanks have to go out to Emily for arranging everyone’s participation, to Gordon for supporting all the SERCO staff who took part, the PJI’s from the RAF Falcons for allowing us to be involved, all those brave souls who jumped in the name of charity and everyone who gave donations that amounted to £550 for SOS. “

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