Posted on: 15th April 2021
Graham, our Compliance director, is undertaking a tandem skydive this spring to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Whilst we atalways endeavour to support causes and charities, this particular challenge is close to Graham’s heart.
In early 2020, Graham’s mother lost her battle with Parkinson’s Disease (latterly Lewis Bodies Dementia). A battle which she had been fighting for 14 years. To mark the first anniversary of her passing, Graham and his daughters, Isobel and Georgina, are skydiving to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK to help their continued efforts to find a cure to this horrible degenerative disease!
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Around 145,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK. And it’s the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world. More information can be found here.
Graham, on the prospect of jumping out of a plane, commented “This prospect seemed daunting enough until I realised that there were certain ‘criteria’ that needed to be met in order to be accepted for a Skydive. The main one of which was that the maximum weight you could be for the jump was 15st (for a male). In short, I was not! I started training towards the end of January with a view to getting fitter and, in turn, getting down to an initial target weight of 15st, a feat that I can happily say I’ve now achieved”
If you wish to follow Graham’s journey to get ready for his skydive and the skydive itself, head over to his JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-slater-skydive
If you wish, you are welcome to leave a donation and please be sure to allow GiftAid to be claimed, if you are a UK taxpayer.
One final word from Graham – I know that some of you might have preferred Charities and there is obviously NO obligation to make a donation, but I thought it was worth sharing with you all what I’m up to! I’m assured that it’s all very safe (and fully intend to be around post said Skydive!).