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Stevenage Skydive Society Success

Some members of Leeds Building Society presenting a cheque to Keech Hopsice Care

Leeds Building Society colleagues from Stevenage branch have successfully completed a sponsored skydive to raise money for Keech Hospice Care. The charity cares for adults and children across the south of England suffering from various illnesses and aims to help them and their families enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

The team consisted of Paul Johnson, Assistant Manager, and Natalie Forecast and Tathiane Marsden (Customer Service Advisors) who jumped from the dizzying height of 10,000ft at Hinton Airfield. All branch staff were in attendance on the day to support the ‘divers.’

The team smashed their fundraising target of £1500 by raising a whopping £2550.03. Furthermore, £956 of this total was matched funding from Leeds Building Society.

These proceeds will go towards the £5 million yearly cost of maintaining and running Keech Hospice Care and when asked about the charity Natalie Forecast (Stevenage Branch Customer Service Advisor) said, “We visited Keech Hospice earlier this year and witnessed first-hand the amazing facilities and extraordinary care that the staff give to terminally ill children and their families. The hospice only receives 20% of the funds they need to maintain their levels of care from the government and rely heavily on donations and fundraising. With this in mind the team decided that we would do a skydive to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause.

“We were all slightly nervous in the run up to the jump but our customers were fantastic with their support and encouragement. The jump itself was amazing, all 3 of us were really pleased we did it and would actually do it again!”

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Notes to Editors

Pictured above - photo of the team presenting the cheque for £2550.03 to Maggie Doust from Keech Children’s Hospice.