If you want to support a good cause, there are few more audacious and daring ways to do so than freefalling back to Earth from 13,000 feet up in the clouds.
This is how five employees of Diss sale rooms TW Gaze found themselves in a plane above Ellough Airfield near Beccles on Sunday, waiting to make the terrifying and exhilirating plunge, for the benefit of Allergy UK.
The team — auctioneer Rob Kinsella, rural assistant Scott Parke, valuers Lisa West and Louis Smith, and Daniel Woods — drew inspiration from Mr Kinsella’s daughter Evie, aged two, who struggles with a wide range of allergies.
Mr Kinsella, taking part in his first ever parachute jump, told the Diss Express: “Surprisingly, I was rather calm. You kind of put your confidence into the instructor you are jumping with.
“It’s only once they roll the door up that you realise what’s going to happen. It’s that moment when you are really pushing your boundaries and testing your fear factor.
“Thanks and gratitude to everyone who donated and came to support us on the day.”
The group’s total raised so far currently stands at £2,419.84, well in excess of their £1,500 target, which will go toward’s Allergy UK’s efforts to educate the public and train healthcare professionals in dealing with allergies.
Mr Kinsella described the charity as “invaluable” in their help, after his daughter suffered her first anaphylactic reaction from a mouthful of yoghurt when she was just six months old, before a specialist diagnosed her with allergies to milk, eggs, wheat, all nuts, and dogs.
“Myself and my wife were unaware of allergies until they were thrown upon us,” he said.
“As parents, we didn’t have a clue what was going on. The wait for the ambulance felt like a lifetime.”
TW Gaze is set to continue its backing of Allergy UK with fundraisers and sponsored events throughout the rest of the year, starting with a group of staff from the auction rooms and estate agents who will challenge themselves to the Great North in September.
To contribute to the sponsored skydive, please see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/twgazeparachutejump