Five courageous souls to take on daredevil skydiving challenge for elderly people

Daredevil friends from Sheffield will take a leap of faith this weekend as they skydive for a church fundraiser. 

Simon Cole, 57, a lorry driver and  organiser of this fundraiser, put together this challenge to raise money for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC).

Mr Cole was inspired by his wife, who worked as an NHS nurse and saw how SCCCC has supported the elderly in Covid-19. He jumped at the chance to raise money for the charity when lockdown restrictions had been lifted.

Mr Cole said: “Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do, but it’s also a way of giving something back to a fantastic, small, local charity which does so much great work for older people, many of whom have little other means of support.”

This is the first fundraiser of SCCCC. They have been facing funding shortfalls due to the pandemic.

Though key services were delivered, many fundraising events were suspended or cancelled.

Ericka Hill, the Fundraising, Communications and Marketing Officer of SCCCC said: “Skydives have a real synergy with our work as many of our service users describe themselves as being in freefall- but that the charity acts as a parachute which comes to their aid.”

SCCCC has been working with statutory agencies in Sheffield, such as the NHS, to provide a network of support for the elderly community, their carers and families.

Miss Hill said: “Every single penny we raise beyond this means we can enhance our offering and do even more for older people in our community.”

If you want to get involved, you could visit www.scccc.co.uk/donate and donate.

Written by Helen Hui

My name is Helen (she/her), and I am an aspiring journalist in the University of Sheffield who was born and raised in Hong Kong. As an ethnic minority I want to raise awareness of underrepresented groups in our society and reveal social injustice. One of my greatest goals is to travel around to explore what is happening in different countries. Often the news we see only covers a small fraction of our world, which leads to misunderstanding, prejudice and stereotypes. I would like to share my experiences and provide a brand-new point of view of this world we live in. Besides, I am fond of pop cultures, such as current beauty trends, music and celebrities. I am also a big fan of photography, film especially.

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Written by Helen Hui

My name is Helen (she/her), and I am an aspiring journalist in the University of Sheffield who was born and raised in Hong Kong. As an ethnic minority I want to raise awareness of underrepresented groups in our society and reveal social injustice. One of my greatest goals is to travel around to explore what is happening in different countries. Often the news we see only covers a small fraction of our world, which leads to misunderstanding, prejudice and stereotypes. I would like to share my experiences and provide a brand-new point of view of this world we live in. Besides, I am fond of pop cultures, such as current beauty trends, music and celebrities. I am also a big fan of photography, film especially.
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