Charity Director to undertake 10,000 feet skydive
A 32-year-old Charity Director from Biddulph, in Staffordshire, has pledged to raise funds for the charity that he works for by taking on a 10,000ft charity skydive.
Peter Hellyer, Director of Research at Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, will take the plunge at Tilstock Airfield, in Shropshire, on Saturday 9th May, 2020.
Peter, originally from Hodgehill, in Birmingham, says taking on a skydive has always been on his bucket list of things to do. As he explained: “I’m not a thrill seeker as such, although I do like rollercoasters, it’s just one of those things that I’ve always wanted to complete.
“It’s not something that you do every day and I believe that it’s good to do something that scares you from time to time.”
Peter, a former pupil at King Edward VI School, in Birmingham, studied at King’s College, Imperial College and Birkbeck College, in London, before completing a PhD in Computational Science, in 2014.
This year’s skydive is part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
Peter says that he doesn’t have a fear of heights and that a recent experience convinced him to sign up for the jump. “I went paragliding in the Swiss Alps and I really enjoyed it,” he enthused. “It was great fun and I thought that if I could do that I could certainly complete a tandem skydive.”
Peter’s family are right behind his fundraising efforts. As he explained: “My fiancé is happy that I’m doing something that I think will be fun to raise funds for the charity.
“The whole family are extremely supportive of the cause and they know how much I believe in the charity and the positive changes that it makes to disabled children’s lives.
“The work that we do providing specialist equipment like wheelchairs, car seats, sports equipment and buggies, is extremely important, and I’d urge others to join me if possible in what is a very special year for the charity.”
Peter says he has no real anxieties ahead of the jump. As he continued: “As I’ve not done anything as extreme as this before I suppose I may get a little scared when I get up there.
“But my overriding feeling is one of excitement rather than anything else and I’m genuinely looking forward to the day.”
Peter believes that the skydive will give participants an unforgettable experience and that it will enable them to make a significant difference to disabled children’s lives.
“I’ve started my preparation by jumping off things,” concluded Peter. “Just small things like chairs so that I can practise my landing on the floor.
“Who knows I may develop to bigger things and I may end up throwing myself off the wardrobe!”
Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children, who is managing the event says she’s delighted to have one of her own involved with this year’s tandem skydive. As she explained: ”I can’t believe that Peter has registered for the skydive and it’s going to be so exciting seeing one of my workmates having the experience of a lifetime.
“Our charity skydives are not for the faint-hearted and the challenge will see Peter climbing to 10,000 feet before he launches himself into the abyss, strapped to a tandem instructor. He will then hurtle towards the earth at over 120 miles per hour.
“You can’t begin to imagine the adrenalin rush associated with falling through space at that rate of knots.
“However, it’s not just the experience that our skydivers remember as they tell us that they get a huge sense of achievement from hitting their fundraising target, knowing that they are helping such a worthy cause.
”It would be fantastic if fellow Brummies could join Peter by signing up for the jump, it would make it a parachute party to remember!”
To find out more and to register to skydive for Caudwell Children call 01782 433750 or visit the website here.
To find out about more Caudwell Children challenges visit the web page here.
You can support Peter through his Just Giving page here.