A group of employees, customers and friends of the MKM Beverley branch teamed up to plunge over 15,000ft for the Josh Fell Memorial Fund and Cardiac Risk in the Young Charities – raising over £8,000 in the process.
It’s enough to churn your stomach! Through the October month the 19-strong group took to the skys during separate periods for the daredevil stunt.
Beverley’s Assistant Branch Manager Allan Medhurst helped to organise the outing: “A long-standing customer Richard Fell approached us after he sadly lost his son. He was keen to organise the jump and we of course agreed to put our all in to raising as much money as possible.”
“I did my first sky dive last year and actually enjoyed it – so it made sense to get a bigger group involved for this. The buzz of free falling at 120mph for 10,000ft in one minute is fantastic, followed by a surreal quietness when the chute is opened. I even got to fly the parachute!”
“We’re already planning next year and just really pleased to have raised so much money for Richard.”
Richard Fell spoke about the reasons behind the charity jump: “It all came about last year when Allan said he was doing a sky dive for charity with his wife.”
“Not long after, he mentioned he wanted to do it all again for Cry Cardiac risk in the young in memory of my son Josh who was 15 when we lost him over 4 years ago.”
“With the help of Allan I put it out on Facebook and we ended up with 19 people including myself wanting to do the 15,000 foot jump in memo.”
“Unfortunately I had to drop out due to a hip replacement. Fortunately there was a 19-strong team ready and raring to go.”
“We’ve split into groups to make sure everyone can get there – windy conditions can play havoc! Raising £8,000 is incredible and far beyond what we expected, but with 3 people left to jump we’re hoping to boost the total even further!”