Sheffield school principal takes the plunge for charity

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A school principal and his staff have jumped out of a plane from 15,000 feet to raise over £1,000 for charity.

Sheffield Park and Sheffield Springs Academies’ Executive Principal Craig Dillon and colleagues have completed a sky dive to raise funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Craig began training for the parachute jump last year, supported by his colleagues Matt Wainwright and Martyn Hannan.

After months of preparation, the trio took the plunge from Hibaldstow Airfield recently, jumping from 15,000 feet to raise £1,762.

Craig said: “It’s something I’d never done before, and it was incredibly daunting at first but it was an amazing experience and all for a very worthwhile cause.

“The cause is very close to the academies’ collective heart. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated and supported us throughout.”

The skydive was just the latest in a long line of fundraising activities the school have carried out in support of Weston Park, which have also including bake sales and non-uniform days and have helped to raise £9,627 for the charity.

Jade Hearsum, Community Fundraiser for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity said: “We are so proud of the team at Sheffield Park and Sheffield Springs Academies, as they have quite literally gone above and beyond to support the charity.

“Their dedication and perseverance to complete the jump shows how committed they are to making a difference to the lives of local cancer patients. It is an incredible challenge to take on and we are so grateful for their support.”

You can still donate and support the charity at