15 young people from across London and Essex took part in a charity sky dive to mark the 15th anniversary of youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation.
Each of the jumpers was required to raise a minimum of £200 for a different youth charity of their choice. 18 year old Grace Hannaford chose to raise the money for youth mental health charity Young Minds.
Grace, who attends Beths Grammar School raised over £660 for her chosen charity. She said, “I chose to raise money for Young Minds because the subject of mental health among young people is not highlighted enough. There is a lack of serious focus and understanding of the problems that many young people face. Figures state that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year and in my eyes that’s already one person too many. We need to raise awareness of Young Minds and other mental health charities in order educate people that mental health problems among young people can have a seriously effect on their lives.”
23 year old Laura Heard raised money for Barnet Carers. Laura, who works for her chosen charity said, “I chose to raise money for Barnet Carers Centre because I have also been a young carer, and this local centre supported me as well as thousands of others, so now I want to give something back.” Laura raised the money by baking cakes and asking colleagues for sponsorship as well as raising awareness during work events.
July also marked another momentous milestone for the Jack Petchey Foundation as founder Jack Petchey CBE celebrated his 90th birthday. He said;
“Congratulations to the young people on competing the sky dive. Each of them should be extremely proud of their fundraising efforts and I hope they enjoyed the day. Through our various programmes and award schemes, the Foundation gives young people opportunities and helps them believe that whatever their background, they can achieve. That’s where we get our saying ‘If you think you can, you can’. I am very proud of every young person that has participated, and look forward to supporting more young people to reach their goals.”
This year, the amount invested in inspiring and motivating young people across London and Essex will reach £100million.
The jump took place at the North London Skydiving Centre at Chatteris Airfield, in Cambridgeshire. Each young person completed a tandem jump with a qualified instructor. A staff member and a parent also participated in the sky dive.
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