Simon Completes his Jump with the Red Devils
He's done it! Simon has Jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet and all in aid of raising money for Help for Heroes. Simon was one of 19 who jumped for Help for Heroes on the day but his situation was rather unique!
Simon has cerebral palsy. As a result he has limited mobility, lack of muscle strength and has to exercise daily to remain supple and stretched and to be able to, for now, continue to walk. He can no longer cope with stairs and his bedroom is on the ground floor. His mother, Patricia's, living room has even been converted into a gym!
Simon works as a security guard and below is a picture of when he finsihed 2nd in the annual David Grainger Awards. After he was made jobless as the garage he worked at was destroyed by the 2007 floods he overcame his disability to retrain as a security guard and it was this determination that was recognised for the award.
For everything Simon has been through he is determined to raise money for Help for Heroes and after being assessed by the Red Devils they allowed him to jump.
80 Year-Old Rose Ticks Off Her First Bucketlist Item
Rose Oldham took part in a Skydive for Help for Heroes with the Red Devils. Wanting to start a new chapter in her life at the grand age of 80 Rose decided what she wanted in her bucket list and a skydive was number one. Not happy to just do that she also decided she wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes and along with her daughter Dee and grandson Scott (Scott also jumped). They have raised a fantastic amount!
Rose said: "It was absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have wished for a better day, in fact I don’t think I’ve had a better day in my life."
Help for Heroes Skydivers Take Part in World Record Skydive!
Skydive UK Ltd. held a skydive day in an attmept to break the world record of number of tandem jumpers at 15,000ft in a single day. The record stood 251 but (awaiting official confirmation) the record is now 281. Beating the record previously held by Germany, Help for Heroes had 19 jumpers taking part in a fantastic day!
With a range of ages from 16 to 87, a wide range of charities being represented and a some people trying it out for the first time and not looking back. One particiapant jumped three times in a day and is looking at becoming an instructor! some who came along to just watch found them selves jumping! Most importantly for us we raised a fantastic amount of money!
One of our skydiverrs Lisa had this to say: "I chose to take part as i thought it would be a great way to raise money for a charity close to my heart. It was an amazing experience and something that i will never forget.
"An added bonus was being part of the official world record attempt! I was number 13 to jump and I had a great time and in the process helped raise lots of money for Help for Heroes so that they can continue their great work."