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By Heart of England Mencap, Aug 18 2017 08:00AM

A GROUP of daring fundraisers are jumping for joy – having raised thousands of pounds by taking the plunge in a charity skydive.

The group of 5 raised funds for different charities – including Heart of England Mencap where 4 of them work.

Katie Berry, Cate Mahon, Becky Davies, Jenna Haycock and Trevor Boot all successfully completed their jump at Hinton Airfield in Brackley on Saturday (August 12th.)

Through sponsorship they raised £1,500 for Heart of England Mencap, £1,270 for Fibromyalgia Action UK, £500 for the MS Society and £300 for Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue.

It was a giant leap of faith for Becky Davies, Management Accountant for Heart of England Mencap, but one she’d be happy to repeat again.

“It went really well – I loved it,” she said.

“I was really nervous in the morning but when you sit there and watch everybody else jumping, you start to calm. Once we were in the plane that was it – there was no going back. We fell 8,000 feet in 43 seconds but it feels far more like floating than falling; an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again.”

“The team did an amazing job,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“They have raised a really impressive amount for their chosen charities, including ours, and we are so grateful. They know just how much it will mean to our customers, enabling activities and equipment which just wouldn’t be possible without fundraising support like this.”

Heart of England Mencap supports around 200 local people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Jumping for joy – skydiving fundraiser Becky Davies takes the plunge with her instructor.

By Heart of England Mencap, Aug 17 2017 12:46PM

MUD, SWEAT and quite possibly tears will be the order of the day when a team of ‘Mencap Mudsters’ take on the Autumn Wolf Run next month – a 10km challenge like no other.

The five-strong team of Di Yeoman, Suzanne Hotten, Nikki Drew, Chris Howkins and Jenna Haycock, who all work for Heart of England Mencap in Warwickshire, will be braving the elements and putting their bodies through their paces when they take on the event on September 3rd.

Happening at at Welsh Road Farm near Leamington, the Wolf Run is a 10km course over Woods, Obstacles, Lakes and Fields – with a whole lot of mud thrown in too.

The Mencap Mudsters will be fundraising for Heart of England Mencap, supporting local people with learning disabilities, and are hoping to secure as much sponsorship as possible.

“We've joined together and vowed to beat the Wolf Run so we can make a real difference in our customers' lives,” said Di Yeoman, Wolf Runner and Media and Marketing Officer at Heart of England Mencap.

“Having additional funds available means so much and enables them to do lots of fun and interesting activities that would otherwise not be open to them.

“A huge thank you in advance to anyone who can spare even just a small amount to help us reach our fundraising target of £500.

“We will all be suitably suffering for your donation as we take on the ancient woodland, deep water crossings, high climbing nets, log walls and the famously fast landslide along the way.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/mencapmudsters and follow their story on Twitter - @hofemencap

The charity is also looking for volunteer marshals for the day – anyone who can help is asked to contact Cath or Di on 01789 298709.

Photo: Going wolf - the Mencap Mudsters will be taking on the Autumn Wolf Run to raise vital cash for Heart of England Mencap

By Heart of England Mencap, Jul 20 2017 12:20PM

A TEAM of dare-devil fundraisers will be taking a giant leap of faith next month when they complete a charity skydive.

The group of 6 are raising funds for different charities – the MS Society, Alzheimer’s Society and Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue – as well as Heart of England Mencap, where they all work.

Katie Berry, Cate Mahon, Tammy Crofts, Ali Arnold, Becky Davies and Jenna Haycock will take on the skydive at Hinton Airfield in Brackley on August 12th.

And the nerves are yet to set in.

“It all started with me doing 30 things to celebrate my 30th birthday,” Katie, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap’s day service Pathway, said.

“I just walked into the office one day and said who wants to skydive with me, and they volunteered. We’re not feeling the nerves just yet, but that may change on the day! We’re all raising money for charities very close to our hearts, including of course Mencap, so that will be at the front of our minds.”

It’s the first skydive for all of them except Jenna, who has jumped – and loved it – once before.

For details on how to sponsor the dare-devil fundraisers follow Heart of England Mencap on Twitter - @hofemencap

Donate to Cate Mahon for Heart of England Mencap

Donate to Ali Arnold for the Alzheimer's Society

Donate to Becky Davies for Heart of England Mencap or Joey's Legacy Boxer Rescue

Donate to Katie Berry for the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Photo: Leap of faith – Cate Mahon, Tammy Crofts, Ali Arnold, Becky Davies, Jenna Haycock and Katie Berry


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