Cabin crew skydive from 15,000ft for children’s charity

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Three Thomson cabin crew members have taken a huge leap to fundraise for a local children’s charity.

Stewardesses Jennifer Knowles, Michelle Rose and Bev Langley, who are part of Thomson’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield crew, took part in a 15,000ft tandem skydive to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Thomson has nominated The Children’s Hospital Charity as their local charity and the fundraising efforts of Jennifer, Michelle and Bev have so far raised more than £3,000.

The Thomson crew have so far raised £15,466 towards a goal of £25,000, and have held other fundraising events such as cake sales and on board raffles, with 25 per cent of money raised by on-board collections also going to The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Jennifer Knowles from Thomson said: “We wanted to do something extra ordinary to raise awareness for a fantastic cause and also draw attention to our fundraising efforts – so we thought, what better way to do that than to skydive?

“The skydive forms part of a whole team effort from Thomson to raise £25,000 to sponsor a room in Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s as part of the Make it Better appeal to build a new wing which is currently being built.

“It is a fantastic charity and we are proud to be raising money on their behalf. Customer’s response to our fundraising efforts has been overwhelming; the money raised has really helped us towards our target of £25,000.

“The skydive was an amazing experience. Air cabin crew are used to getting on aeroplanes, not throwing themselves off one!”

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is one of four dedicated Children’s Trust’s in the UK and provides specialist care for children from across the country.

The money raised for the new bedroom is vital work of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal which aims to raise £10million regionally by 2016. The Make it Better appeal will transform the Children’s Hospital, creating the best possible environment, delivering world class facilities to match the world class expertise already provided, helping young patients get better more quickly.

Emma Dove, Corporate Fundraiser at the Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Thomson Airways for their fundraising efforts. Their crew have worked hard towards their £25,000 target with different events, and many more to come.

“The money they are raising for an en suite bedroom really will make a difference to the lives of our young patients and their families.

“Many thanks go to Jennifer, Michelle and Bev for showing the bravery to skydive from 15,000ft, in the meantime raising thousands of pounds for our charity.”

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