Taking the plunge for Sheffield charity

Kier employees Alice Thorn and Tammy Irons who took part in the skydive
Kier employees Alice Thorn and Tammy Irons who took part in the skydive
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Daredevil building firm staff have plunged from the skies to support a Sheffield charity.

Ian Whittington, Tammy Irons, Sam Jessop and Alice Thorn, all workers at Sheffield Council’s maintenance contractor Kier, took part in the event at Hibaldstow Airfield in North Lincolnshire.

In total, £2,275 was raised by the awesome foursome for Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.

Assistant maintenance manager Ian has a reputation as an adrenalin junkie and had no reservations about taking part, having had previous experience from a number of bungee jumps.

But Tammy, Sam and Alice had never done anything like it before – and had some reservations.

All received full training on how to land and how the parachute works and were provided with overalls, safety helmet and goggles for the jump itself.

Ian and Sam went up first and enjoyed the experience enough to want to go again. Tammy and Alice went next, courageously overcoming great nerves to complete the dive.

Purchase ledger clerk Tammy said: “I am petrified of heights. I got emotional and felt a bit ill when I was all kitted up ready to go but I just told myself to get it together for this worthy cause.”

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust provides education about the countryside to 10,000 children and young people each year, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and the inner city.

Sarah Kerrigan, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust head of fundraising and events, said: “We are really proud of everyone who took part in the skydive; facing the highest jump in the country at 15,000ft was not an easy task but everyone faced the challenge head on.”

Kier, based on Manor Lane, said its staff have raised £130,000 for good causes over the last 10 years.

Operations director Phil Oades said: “Kier Sheffield is a large local employer and we take our social responsibility seriously.

“Supporting important local charities matters to us as a business and it matters to us as residents.”