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Why I'm jumping 15,000 feet for Contact the Elderly


On Saturday, Catherine, a graphic designer from London, will leap 15,000 feet out of a plane to raise money for Contact the Elderly. We spoke to the thrill-seeker about her inspiration behind the jump and how she is mentally preparing for the big day.

A friend of mine persuaded me to take on the skydive after a few beers!

A good friend of mine works for the charity and she convinced me it was a good idea after a few beers. Pubs can be dangerous places! On a serious level, I couldn’t say no to working with such an amazing charity, the skydive almost seems irrelevant when you’re doing something for such a worthy cause.  I’ve hosted a coffee and cake morning for Macmillan before but never anything like this! It’s all very exciting.

My family have been really supportive.

All the friends and family I spoke to who have jumped before said it was one of the most amazing experiences they’ve ever had and would do it again tomorrow given the chance. This was a hard figure to argue with and just reaffirmed that I’d made the right decision.

What Contact the Elderly do is so important.

No-one should be lonely and if a small gathering once a month can help to reduce loneliness amongst socially isolated older people, then it’s so crucial that we all help where we can. It could change someone’s life.

I’ve convinced myself that the less preparation the better.

The reality of the jump hasn’t quite sunk in yet! I’ve decided it’s probably best to not think about it until the day. As long as we raise lots of money and have fun doing it that’s all that matters.

Good luck to Catherine, and to Badge and James who are also ‘Jumping for Tea’ on Saturday. You can still donate to the trio here.

If you fancy doing something fun to raise money for us, please get in touch with our fundraising team.

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