Hft |Support Workers take a leap of faith for charity

2021-12-03 16:22:24

A trio of support workers from Biggleswade will be taking to the skies dressed in Santa suits this weekend for a charity skydive in aid of the national learning disability charity, Hft.

In a first for all three, co-workers Hayley Spoor, 35, Sharon Moansmith, 50, and Jamie Sefton, 33 will take the plunge on Saturday 4th December, with the aim of raising money for the local service in Bedfordshire where they work supporting adults with learning disabilities.

The group will be travel to Brigg airfield in Hibaldstow, where they will be free falling dressed as Father Christmas for around 50 seconds from a height of 10,000ft, reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

Hayley said she is looking forward to the challenge:

The past year has been so challenging for the health and social care sector. I felt that we needed something positive to look forward to. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s great that I can do it with friends while raising money for the people we support. They are so excited about our jump and they have been asking lots of questions about it.

The colleagues, who have been working at Hft for a combined seven and a half years, all agreed that seeing how difficult life was for the people they support during the pandemic, was a big motivator to undertake this challenge.  They cited lack of social activities, being unable to see family and friends, and disruption of daily routines as some of the main challenges faced by people with learning disabilities during lockdowns.

In a break from the norm, the colleagues and friends will now be supporting one another as they anticipate some pre-jump jitters on the day.

Jamie said:

I think it will be an amazing experience, but I may be a bag of nerves on the day!

Sharon said:

This is something I’ve always considered but I’ve never felt brave enough. When I heard about the Santa Skydive I thought – it’s now or never!

The trio will be among several skydivers taking part in Hft’s Santa Skydive around the country this weekend, with jumps taking place in Brackley, Nottingham and Salisbury to raise money for the charity which supports adults with learning disabilities.

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Hft’s Sporting and Challenge Events Manager Emma MacDonald said:

We’re thrilled that Sharon, Hayley and Jamie have chosen to take the plunge for Hft. This challenge promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity with all the money raised being used to support people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.

To donate to Hayley, Sharon, and Jamie’s Santa Skydive challenge, please visit their fundraising page here.

Notes to editors

For further information please phone 0117 906 1697 or email media.enquiries@hft.org.uk

About Hft

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