Staff raise £1,000 for charity by fear conquering skydive

(From left to right) Sophie Truscott, Service Advisor at Wessex Garages and Rachel Perry, Service Manager at the company, after their skydive for Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

(From left to right) Sophie Truscott, Service Advisor at Wessex Garages and Rachel Perry, Service Manager at the company, after their skydive for Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to three members of our team who took part in a charity skydive last weekend (April 18 and 19, 2015) and raised a whopping £1,000.

Marc Jeavons, Sophie Truscott and Rachel Perry, who are all petrified of heights, jumped out of a plane in aid of their dealership’s Charity of the Year.

Pennywell Service Advisor, Sophie, who is 27 and lives in Southmead, explained: “We were all very nervous about the skydive but it was amazing. It was a great way to help us conquer our fear of heights, while also raising money for our dealership’s Charity of the Year at the same time.

“Rachel and I raised money for Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Marc jumped in aid of The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC).”

Penny Brohn Cancer Care has been helping people living with cancer and their supporters since 1980. Its ‘whole-person’ approach combines physical and emotional support designed to help sufferers live well with the impact of cancer at any stage of the illness.

LINC supports patients and their families affected by leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. They are a relatively small charity, which aim to provide financial and psychological support to leukaemia and other cancer patients and their families in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and south Worcestershire.

Thirty-seven-year-old Rachel from Barton Hill, who is the Service Manager at our Pennywell dealership, said: “Penny Brohn Cancer Care do such a great job supporting local people and their families at such a difficult time. We’re delighted we could do something to help its cause.

“To add to our fundraising efforts on the Friday before our skydive our colleagues at the dealership raised money for the charity by hosting a Purple for Penny Day. Staff members dressed up in purple and made a donation to the charity.”

Sophie and Rachel did a tandem jump at Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury with an experienced British Parachute Association Instructor and Marc did his jump at Swindon Airfield. They free fell from 10,000 feet at 120 miles per hour for about 55 seconds.

Digital Sales Executive at our Gloucester branch, Marc, who is 36 and lives in Churchdown, explained: “LINC is a fantastic charity and does such vital work supporting local people. I am delighted that I could do something to raise much needed funds for them.”

(From left to right) Skydive Instructor, Andy Clark and Marc Jeavons, Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages.

(From left to right) Skydive Instructor, Andy Clark and Marc Jeavons, Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages.

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