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Local mum’s skydive for Jessie May charity

Posted on Saturday 18th June 2016 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Jo Hancock on a charity skydive for the Jessie May Trust.

A Bradley Stoke mum has taken part in a sponsored skydive to raise funds for a charity that is close to her heart.

Jo Hancock, who helps run the Gymtastic pre-school gym club at Filton Community Centre, along with her boss Sherri Webber, undertook the skydive at the Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury on Saturday 14th May.

Their aim was to raise at least £600 for the Jessie May Trust, a Bristol-based charity providing palliative care, end of life and bereavement care for terminally ill children and their families in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Jo explained:

“We got involved with Jessie May through one of our Gymtastic parents and dear friend Caroline, who is also a Jessie May nurse. Two years ago we undertook a fire walk and raised just over £1,000 between the three of us.”

“We are so fortunate to have the option of their support within the area we live in; other counties are not so fortunate. We have met the team and a couple of the nurses; they are inspirational and do a fantastic but sometimes very difficult job.”

Speaking about the skydive, Jo said:

“It was a fantastic day with friends and family coming to support us; the weather was also kind, thankfully! It was the most terrifying but amazing experience I’ve ever had, but knowing how much money we have raised gave me the extra boost!”

As we went to press, Jo and Sherri had raised just under £1,900, through both online and paper sponsorship.

More: Donations may be made via the pair’s JustGiving page »

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Specsavers staff set sights high for charity

Posted on Thursday 30th May 2013 at 11:02 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Specsavers staff at charity skydive.

Two fearless members of staff from a Bradley Stoke opticians recently took to the skies to raise money for Bristol Eye Hospital.

Emma Norris and Sania Mohammed from Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre bravely took part in a sky dive on Sunday 19th May to raise money for Above & Beyond. They each raised £135 to do the jump and donations are still rolling in.

Assistant manager Emma jumped from 10,000 feet while optical assistant Sania, who is afraid of heights, jumped from 15,000 feet above the Devon countryside.

“It’s the first time either of us have ever done anything like this,” said Emma. “We were both very nervous, perhaps Sania slightly more so than me! We both couldn’t believe we’d done it when we reached the ground but it was very exhilarating and for a great cause that we’ve been supporting for some time.”

Back in 2011, a group of nine Specsavers stores across Bristol teamed up to raise money for Above & Beyond and specifically the children’s unit at Bristol Eye Hospital. As part of that campaign, the Bradley Stoke store’s assistant manager Terri Jenkins took part in a sponsored skydive. To date they’ve raised more than £18,000 to help fund specialist equipment.

If you would like to make a donation to Above & Beyond, you can still do so by visiting the Specsavers store at the Willow Brook Centre.

Photo: (L-R) Bradley Stoke Specsavers staff members Emma Norris and Sania Mohammed at their charity skydive.

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The sky’s the limit for local opticians

Posted on Friday 2nd December 2011 at 9:02 am by SH (Editor)

Fundraiser Terri Jenkins (centre) at Specsavers, Bradley Stoke

Fearless fundraiser Terri Jenkins will be going ‘Above and Beyond’ this weekend to raise money for a local charity

The assistant manager at Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, will be going to extreme heights to raise vital funds for Above and Beyond, a Bristol charity that raises funds for all nine hospitals in the city centre.

She will be taking to the skies this Sunday (4th December) when she takes part in a sponsored skydive in aid of the charity at the Redfields Airfield near Swindon.

Ms Jenkins said:

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge but I’m also extremely nervous. When I first decided to take part in the jump, several other members of staff were keen to join in but what started as a group of volunteers ended up with me carrying out the jump alone, so I’ll definitely be asking them to dig deep!”

“Above and Beyond is a fantastic charity that does some great work with Bristol Eye Hospital and I’m pleased to be able to support them. I have already raised £395 in sponsorship but I’m still collecting donations. I hope that the skydiving challenge will help to add to the great sum of money raised so far.”

More: Specsavers Bristol aiming to raise £4,000 »

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Bradley Stoke skydiver seeks sponsorship for charity world record attempt

Posted on Monday 29th December 2008 at 11:59 am by SH (Editor)

Sarah Churchill - SkydiverA Bradley Stoke skydiver is appealing to local businesses for help in funding her participation in a world record skydive attempt that will take place next September in California.

Sarah Churchill, a 24 year old nurse, took up the sport whilst studying for a nursing degree at the University of the West of England. She trained at Frenchay and Southmead and now works at a local hospital.

She made her first tandem dive in 2005 and has since clocked up a total of 517 dives. Now a qualified skydiving coach, Sarah works in her spare time at the Netheravon Drop Zone near Salisbury. When not working or flying, she can often be seen working out in the gym at the Aztec Hotel & Spa.

Brit Chicks Skydiving TeamLast year Sarah was invited to join the Brit Chicks skydiving team for an attempt at the UK women’s largest free-fall formation record. The team successfully set a new record of 68 female skydivers in formation [see the video on YouTube], raising over £40,000 for the British Red Cross in the process.

Jump for the Cause 2009Several visits to training camps in the USA over the last year have led to Sarah being invited to join the international Jump for the Cause team, which will make an attempt on the world women’s formation record in September 2009 at Perris Valley, California.

The current world record stands at 151 and the team of 175 world-class female skydivers are hoping to both set a new record and raise $1 million for breast cancer research, breast cancer care and the City of Hope cancer research and treatment centre.

Pink Ribbon - Breast Cancer CharitiesSarah, who is one of just 30 participants selected from the UK, competed against 300 skydivers from around the world to secure a place in the team.

Each team member must raise in the region of £10,000 to cover the costs of preparing for and taking part in the record attempt. National mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has already chipped in with £400 of personal sponsorship and Sarah is now asking local businesses and individuals to support her participation and contribute to the benefiting charities.

Sarah can be contacted by email at or by calling 07519 123947.

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