Board24 employees Beth O’Connell and Jemma Hudson agreed to be thrown out of a plane and have raised an impressed £810 so far for Macmillan Cancer Support. The girls were pleased to have exceeded their target figure for Macmillan, a charity that is close to their hearts.Jemma explains why the charity is important to her; “Nearly two years ago, I lost my mum to breast cancer, and I feel that Macmillan is such a great cause. When people are diagnosed with cancer, they don’t only need treatment, they need support to help them through this life changing illness, Macmillan is this support. As this is something that we have really wanted to do, we thought that we would try and raise money too!”
Beth had lost someone close to her to cancer when she was young; “I have raised money for Macmillan before and I felt it was time to do it again! It truly is a great cause. We really appreciate donations to help fund this once in a life time opportunity, and help raise money for Macmillan.”
The pair took part in the tandem skydive on 4th October in Nottingham. After a nerve-racking journey to the required altitude in their stylish new outfits, Beth drew the short straw and had to jump first and Jemma followed soon after. They were freefalling through the sky at 120mph until their instructor deployed the parachute, given a once in a lifetime opportunity to steer and spin. After ‘graceful’ landings, they reconvened back on the ground, and thanked their lucky stars that they had survived the 13500ft drop wanting to go straight back up see that amazing view once again!
Macmillan Cancer Support is committed to improving the lives of everyone affected by cancer and inspiring others to do the same. There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030. Macmillan want to make sure we can provide support to everyone who needs it, to help people affected by cancer feel more in control of their lives.
Donations can still be made via their just giving page – Please help and make a donation. Every Penny counts!