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Society's 'chuting stars set for high jump

1st May 2019

Three brave Leek United colleagues are set to take the Society’s charity fundraising sky-high – and then straight back down to earth! – this month (May).

Abi Bowden, Tim Toft and Laura Whitworth will become ‘chuting stars’ for the day when they leap 10,000 feet from a plane in aid of The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People*.

The trio have signed up to take part in the Stoke-on-Trent-based charity’s annual Skydive Challenge at Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch, Shropshire on Saturday, 11 May.

They’ll each complete a tandem parachute jump, harnessed to a qualified instructor – with all proceeds from the daredevil sponsored event going towards supporting children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across South Cheshire and Staffordshire.

“For me, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do – one to tick off on my ‘bucket list’,” said Abi, a Customer Assistant at Leek United’s Ashbourne Branch.

Tim, a Senior Customer Assistant at Cheadle Branch, reaches his 56th birthday the same week of the jump. “It will certainly be a memorable way to celebrate – and it’s all for a great cause,” he said.

And Laura, a Senior Customer Assistant at Uttoxeter Branch, added: “I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie – but they might have to kick me out of the plane once we’re up there!”

Each of the intrepid colleagues has to pay a registration fee of £50 and raise a minimum of £345 to take part in the Skydive Challenge. To help them achieve this you can donate via

Zoe Gregory, Events Manager at The Donna Louise, said: “We’re delighted that the team from Leek United has bravely taken on this challenge to support the children and young people of The Donna Louise! The money that they have raised will make such a difference in ensuring we can continue to support the families who rely on our services.”


*The Donna Louise provides a lifeline to families across Staffordshire and South Cheshire who are facing every parent’s worst nightmare; the heart-breaking knowledge that they will almost certainly outlive their child. They provide specialist care and support services for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, due to illness or injury, from birth until they no longer need us. Our services are free of charge, and we rely hugely on the kindness and generosity of the local community to make this possible.

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