Fundraisers go to new heights for charity event

NO FEAR  (L-r) Leon Hayles, Marie Pack and Kraig Chapman of Khan Morris Accountants, plus Ryan Green and Stuart Gregory who took part in a skydive for The Rainbow Centre

NO FEAR (L-r) Leon Hayles, Marie Pack and Kraig Chapman of Khan Morris Accountants, plus Ryan Green and Stuart Gregory who took part in a skydive for The Rainbow Centre

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Taking to the sky, 14 fundraisers put on a brave face and jumped from a plane.

The Rainbow Centre in Fareham organised the skydive as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

The majority of the skydivers plummeted from 10,000ft, but there were a few adrenaline junkies that opted for the 135mph freefall from 15,000ft with their parachute deploying at 5,000ft.

Among the brave people who took part was Leon Hayles, from Whiteley.

His two-year-old son Bohdi was diagnosed with mild spastic displegia cerebral palsy and global development delay, which is when a child does not reach milestones such as sitting up, walking or talking around the expected age, in January.

He has been going to The Rainbow Centre, on Palmerston Drive, for sessions since his diagnosis.

Leon says: ‘We’ve seen a massive difference in Bohdi in such a short space of time.

‘The Conductive Education sessions are excellent and we’re able to learn with Bohdi so we can continue the work at home.

‘I know that the charity needs to raise over £600,000 every year so I wanted to do something as way of giving back and saw the skydive as the perfect opportunity.

‘I hope to raise around £1,500.’

The Rainbow Centre cares for children with cerebral palsy and other motor-skill disabilities. It also cares for adults who have suffered a stroke or head injury as well as those with Parkinson’s disease.

Jess Greenwood, community fundraiser says: ‘We are constantly amazed by our fundraisers, who in this case have quite literally gone to great heights to support the charity.

‘To date our skydivers have raised just over £6,000 with

many of them still collecting sponsorship.

‘Their support is essential for us to continue and we can’t thank them all enough.’

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