Oakley skydiving superheroes

Three staff members from Oakley Property in Brighton and Shoreham have taken on the challenge of a skydive to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Sara Gavillet

Sara Gavillet, Jason Ferguson and Alex Powrie all had their own reasons for taking on the challenge, and despite the inevitable nerves, they are all really looking forward to the experience.

For Sara, an administrator at the property sales and letting company in Shoreham, has a personal connection to Rockinghorse which has led her to fundraise for us. Sara said: I was a sick baby, a twin, and I spent a long period in a baby unit with a severe sickness, away from my brother and family. I was on the verge of passing, but I made it.

Jason Ferguson

“Without the experienced nurses and physicians who spent hours with me and attached a life support equipment, I would not be doing this 15,000-foot skydiving today.

My mother has confided in me through the years about how tough and lonely it was for her. This is why I am so passionate about this charity.

“This is for all the mothers out there going through what my mother did all those years ago.”

For Jason, a senior sales negotiator in the same branch as Sara, it was a past experience that has spurred him on: “I did do a parachute jump nearly 20 years ago for my 30th birthday.

Because that was my first time, I always felt it was a bit of a blur and had said I would quite like to do another one where I knew what to expect.

“I hope to take in the experience better without being so utterly petrified as I was first time around!”

Alex Powrie

And finally, Alex, a sales negotiator at Oakley Property in Brighton, was inspired by the real-life stories on the Rockinghorse website. Alex said: I love helping great causes, and I feel the Rockinghorse charity is exactly that! I’ve also never skydived and feel it would be a great experience.”

All three will take to the skies on 12 June at the GoSkydive centre in Salisbury, where they will be jumping 15,000 feet back down to solid ground.

Emma Cunliffe, supporter engagement manager here at Rockinghorse “We are delighted that Oakley are taking part in this Skydive to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). It will go a long way to help improve facilities and provide the necessary equipment needed to continue high quality life-saving treatment”.

The company, based in Brighton and Shoreham, are keen to give something back to the community they work in and feel it’s important to support those around them. The trio are hoping to raise £2,000 so if you are able to donate, please visit their Just Giving page here.

And despite her fears, Sara really wants to help others: “I believe the money I raise will make a huge difference to better the lives of the families and children in the Shoreham area. A random act of kindness – which is invaluable.

Jason added that he feels it’s important to help charities local to him: “I believe national charities do get promoted a lot more and generally people are more aware of them. Local charities struggle more to get the support needed to raise much needed funds to carry out their essential work in our communities. So, I jumped at the chance to do this for Rockinghorse who do great work for children and their families in my immediate local area.”

And as for his feeling about the jump itself, he added: “I am hoping for a nice clear day so I can take in the fantastic view once my parachute hopefully opens, and we are floating down nice and slowly towards the ground. The adrenaline, 60 seconds of freefall, should be pretty epic so I’m looking forward to that as well.

But the final word goes to Alex, expressing his expectations for the event: “Fear, excitement and hopefully a parachute!”

We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!

If you would like to do a skydive with your friends of colleagues, take a look here to find out how!

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