An ex-resident of our Bromsgrove accommodation scheme has helped raise £400 for St Basils by doing a tandem sky-dive, jumping out of a plane over Northamptonshire countryside at 13,000 feet!
Vanessa, 21 moved out of the Bromsgrove accommodation project in May 2014 into her own tenancy. In our last edition she shared her story and how she feels the support shown by St Basils staff at the scheme has made a difference to her confidence levels and future prospects.
Vanessa and four other young people got the opportunity to do the tandem sky dives, through Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Service’s (WCVYS) employability programme ‘Vinspired’ after they selected this as their community project.
Vanessa presented the cheque to Leigh Hesketh, Manager of St Basils Bromsgrove accommodation scheme on behalf of the ‘High Five’ as they called themselves, at a celebratory event held by WCVYS last month which was attended by 80 representatives from associated organisations across Worcestershire.
Vanessa was nominated to do the presentation and speak about the challenge at the event as she had taken the lead on publicising the skydive and had raised the most in sponsorship for the feat.
Vanessa said of the Sky dive: “It was a rainy day and I wasn’t sure if we were going to be allowed to do it but we went anyway and it cleared up. Ed, the instructor I was strapped to was great and I absolutely loved it… as soon as the parachute opened! From that point onwards I really enjoyed it.”
“I was really happy to be able to hand over the cheque to Leigh for Bromsgrove. We did discuss other charities but so many of us are from St Basils, we really wanted them to have the money. I thought I’d raise about a £100 so I’m really pleased we got to hand over £400. I want to thank the country dancing group I attend. Most of it came from them”.
Leigh Hesketh, Manager of St Basils Bromsgrove scheme said: “I felt really proud at the WCVYS event. It was wonderful to see Vanessa speaking so confidently to such a large crowd. We’ve seen such a transformation! She should be commended for her hard work. She very much took the lead on raising money from the skydive as well, completely of her own volition. We are very grateful to her and the rest of ‘the High Five’ for this donation which will be used to fund Starter Packs, helping future young residents both settle in more quickly and have the items they need to make the move-on transition much easier.”
Phil Street, manager of WCVYS said: “These young people should be congratulated for raising money for others when they have enough problems of their own to deal with. It was highly appropriate that VIPs from across Worcestershire got the chance to hear and celebrate with them what Vanessa and her friends have achieved”.