Support worker takes a “terrifying” leap to raise money for learning disabled adults
A support worker from Bedford has completed a Leap of Kindness for the charity Hft, facing her fears and raising vital funds for learning disabled adults.
Angie White, who has worked for the learning disability charity for three years, recently completed a skydive as part of Hft’s annual skydiving campaign which has, this year, been branded the Leap of Kindness.
Having completed her skydive last month in Peterborough, Angie describes the experience as “terrifying” but says,
“I wanted to show that a lot of activities may seem daunting and scary at first but, with the right support and confidence, you can accomplish anything and will feel very proud of your achievements.”
Stepping out of her comfort zone, Angie was determined to take the leap, put her fears aside and raise funds for Hft. She initially set a fundraising target of £415 but exceeded this, raising a total of £538 for the charity.
Angie hopes this money will go towards local projects to continue to enable learning disabled adults in Bedfordshire to live the best life possible. She explains:
“I’ve been at Hft for three years now and really enjoy helping the people we support overcome daily challenges, learn something new and gain confidence. I wanted to raise money by taking a Leap of Kindness to support resources and projects, such as refurbishing gardens and communal areas.”
This year, Hft’s Leap of Kindness centred around combatting loneliness in learning disabled adults following research that found more than one third (36%) of learning disabled people felt lonely nearly always or all the time.
Notes to editors
Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.
Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.
For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk