Laura’s been to the skies and back, and so can you!
6 April 2021
Now’s your chance to sign up for the NHS’s birthday skydive! Find out why Laura Nelson recommends it…highly!
A few years ago, Laura Nelson took to the skies by taking part in one of our fundraising skydiving events to raise money for the hospital that has been caring for her for the past seven years.
Laura received a kidney transplant five years ago at the Royal Free Hospital, due to being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at birth.
“The care I have received and continue to have has been amazing and all the staff are so supportive and understanding. I have been volunteering with the Royal Free Charity for the past four years and love every minute of it, I have had the opportunity to meet new people and develop confidence in myself.”
In February 2019 she took part in a tandem skydive from 13,000 feet to raise money for the hospital.
“I have always wanted to do a skydive but was afraid of heights, but when I was given this amazing opportunity, I couldn’t say no, especially as I was raising money for a charity who has been so supportive over the past seven years. I really enjoyed the experience. The feeling of falling was very exhilarating and the views where amazing.”
Laura raised around £4,200 through taking part in the sky dive and has since raised over £3,000 through fundraising onsite (before COVID restrictions) and through a Facebook birthday fundraiser. But it is the skydive she remembers the most.
“I would not hesitate if I were given another opportunity. The experience has changed the way I think, and I am now happy to try new opportunities that arise. I urge everyone to give it a go as you will not regret it!
Don’t miss out on this opportunity, sign up for this year’s NHS birthday fundraising skydive.
Jump Day: Sunday 4 July 2021
Booking Fee: £70
Jump costs: FREE if you raise £395 excluding Gift Aid before your jump date.
About your jump
- Jump and training completed in one day
- Harnessed to an experienced parachute instructor at all times
- Jump from at least 10,000 feet – just like the professionals
- Freefall down to 5,000 feet – falling through the air at 120 mph!
- Ride the parachute down to the ground – we teach you how to steer onto the drop zone
- Landing controlled by your instructor
- Certificate to prove that you have completed a ‘two-mile high’ Tandem Skydive!
What does the jump involve?
Technically the jump is called a ‘Tandem Skydive’. It is a Skydive because you will be freefalling through the air (without the parachute deployed) for several thousand feet; it is in Tandem because you will be harnessed to a professional parachute instructor at all times throughout the descent.
How do I fundraise?
Set up your skydive fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/royalfree Here you can write about what you are doing and why and start saying thank you to the NHS by being part of the NHS birthday jump.
In order to resume skydiving, and Skyline are operating in accordance with the latest U.K. Government guidance. You can find information on the new protocols here.