A thrilling way to fund-raise
A dozen people are set to take to the skies this summer in aid of a charity that provides vital animal welfare.
The skydive team includes 11 staff at mixed veterinary practice Robson and Prescott in Morpeth, plus one husband.
Funds raised will go to Street Paws, which works with people who are homeless or vulnerably housed to ensure their animals have access to essential veterinary care free of charge and also secures emergency kennel space when needed.
Originally established in Newcastle three years ago by vet Michelle Southern, it now cares for 185 animals across 21 outreaches in the North East, North West, Yorkshire, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The skydive at an airfield in Peterlee, County Durham, will take place on August 18, weather permitting.
Registered veterinary nurse Sarah Lowe suggested the idea.
She said: “We at Robson and Prescott feel strongly about the ethos and value of the work of Street Paws.
“One of our directors, Jane Barwick-Nesbit, volunteers with them every month and she is the inspiration behind our choice of charity
“I suggested doing a skydive because it is something that requires guts and forces us to step well out of our comfort zones - to stand up and do something brave for such a worthy cause when there are people living on the streets who have no choice but to be brave every single day.
“We are all paying our own skydive fees, which means that every penny we raise is going to Street Paws.
“We’ve done a staff cake sale that brought in almost £100 and we have more fund-raising activities up our sleeve.
“In addition, Fish4Dogs and Newcastle Falcons have donated items that we will be using as raffle prizes.”
Pop in to any Robson and Prescott branch or go to wonderful.org and type Street Paws in the search box, then find the Skydive! page, to make a donation.
Taking part are, pictured back row, from left, Kathryn Douglass, Emma Coffin, Laura Miles and Sarah Haggie. Front row, from left, Jen Patrick, Sarah Lowe and Hannah Andrews.