Charity worker yet to tell family about skydive
A 45-year-old charity worker from Newcastle-under-Lyme, has pledged to raise funds for the charity that she works for by taking on a 10,000 feet charity skydive.
Angela Stubbs will take the plunge at the Caudwell Children Skydive at Tilstock Airfield, in Shropshire, on Saturday 9th May, 2020, but as yet she has kept it a secret from her 20-year-old son and other members of her family.
Caudwell Children, is a Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
”I’ve not told my family yet as I’m still getting my heard around the fact that I’m going to do it,” said Angela. “But I suppose they’ll find out in good time!”
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.
“I’m not in any way a thrill seeker or adrenalin junkie,” explained Angela. “It’s just something that has always been on my radar as something that I would like to do.
“We have a fantastic events and challenges team at the charity and it’s only because I have contact with them on a daily basis, and see the work that they do, that I’ve taken the decision to register for this years skydive.”
Angela, a former pupil at St Margaret Ward High School, in Chell, says a colleague at Caudwell Children encouraged her to register for the jump. “I was looking at some of the flyers and leaflets advertising the skydive in the office and was wondering about the possibility of me doing it,” she exclaimed. “Then a fellow worker, and good friend of mine, walked up to me and said ‘I’ll sponsor you for £50 if you sign up for it’, so I decided to do it there and then.”
Angela admits that she hasn’t done anything like it before. As she continued: “The most extreme thing that I have ever done is get on a plane to go on holiday!
“But I’m not scared of heights so that won’t be an issue, and I have to say I’m quite looking forward to it.
“I’m determined to raise as much money as I can as the work that the charity does in the community, providing specialist equipment like wheelchairs, car seats, sports equipment and buggies, is extremely important, and I’d urge others to join me in what is a very special year for the charity.”
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 Angela 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 Angela climbing to 10,000 feet before she launches herself into the abyss, strapped to a tandem instructor. She 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 Stokies could join Angela by signing up for the jump, it would make it a parachute party to remember!”
Angela, a graduate in Early Childhood Studies from Staffordshire University, says she only has one real worry ahead of the jump. As she concluded: “I have no idea what my family are going to say when they find out I’m doing the skydive.
“I’m sure that they’ll be behind me all the way and, fingers crossed, who knows one of them may join me!”
To find out more and to register to skydive for Caudwell Children call 01782 433750 or visit the website here.