Jumping for joy! Lettings Director raises almost £1,300 Parkinson’s UK
You may have read our previous blog about Jones Robinson’s Lettings Director, Paul Broomham. He has been gearing up for a charity sky dive in aid of Parkinson’s UK – an organisation that helps fund research to find a cure for the disease, as well as supporting those living with the condition and their families.
The day finally arrived on Saturday May 16th and Paul joined 26 other people jumping for Parkinson’s UK at the Army’s Parachute base in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Among those jumping were people like Paul, who have friends and family with the illness, along with a couple of carers and also a few people actually living Parkinson’s themselves, which Paul found really inspirational.
In his own words, Paul described the experience: “It was all over really quickly but the hairiest bit was making my way to the open plane door at 13,500 feet. As I was strapped to the instructor I couldn’t really do anything except shuffle along the floor and then hang over the edge looking down. It really was ‘edge of your seat’ stuff! The freefall was over in 40 seconds and the parachute was pulled at 5,000 feet for the final descent, which took about three minutes. I did land with a bit of a bump and sustained a few bruises but it was well worth it for the adrenaline rush and to raise so much money – almost £1,300 – for a worthwhile cause. My son Jacob keeps watching the DVD of the jump and asks what it is like to fly like Superman!”
Paul, like many others taking part in the mass jump, is personally affected by Parkinson’s, as his own father was diagnosed with the condition in his 30s – at the very same age Paul is now. You can still donate money to this fantastic cause by visiting Paul’s JustGiving page, and you can also visit the Parkinson’s UK’s website to find out more about the charity’s work
Jones Robinson | 28/05/15 04:01PM