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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, 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

By Heart of England Mencap, Aug 18 2016 11:00AM

THERE will be green-fingers all round at Heart of England Mencap’s centres – thanks to special garden boxes donated by a fundraiser.

Anna Kingsley is taking on 60 challenges to mark her 60th birthday this year - and two of them are fundraisers for the local charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

The challenges are to mark Anna’s milestone year and in memory of the son she lost at the age of just 6.

Theo Monk died in 2008. Although he had a range of complex learning disabilities, Theo’s death was sudden and unexpected. Since Theo died - the day before Anna’s birthday - his mum has fundraised for many causes in his memory, from the British Heart Foundation to the Welcombe Hills School where Theo was a pupil.

Special donation - Anna Kingsley with her garden boxes

Anna, from Newbold-on-Stour, has also fundraised for Heart of England Mencap and become a ‘Friend’ of the charity – donating a box of musical equipment in 2014 to be used by those attending Mencap’s day activity group, Pathway.

Now Anna has added to that, this time donating special garden boxes filled with plants and equipment.

The money for the boxes, supplied by Plantabox, was raised through a sponsored zumbathon in April. Anna will fundraise further for Heart of England Mencap next week, when she takes on a skydive.

“Music and nature both brought Theo a lot of joy so it feels very fitting to have now donated equipment to allow others to enjoy both,” Anna said.

Having lost Theo the day before her birthday, Anna didn’t want to plan a big party to mark her 60th. Instead, with the support of her husband Reg and 16-year-old son Alexander, Anna drew up her list of 60 tasks with a year to go and set about ticking them off.

As well as the fundraisers, Anna has set herself physical challenges, from swimming a mile to walking 60. She will aim to visit her 60th National Trust property too – and try her hand at skills totally new, surfing being one of them.

“It’s surprisingly hard to come up with 60 things,” Anna added.

“The skydive is going to be a huge challenge for me near the end of my mission – I struggle with escalators!”

The skydive – on Wednesday August 24th – is also in memory of Anna’s brother, John, who would have been 70 on that day. She will be jumping alongside her son Alexander. To sponsor them please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/R-G-MONK1

For more information on Theo and his legacy, please visit www.theo-monk.co.uk


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