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Skydive raises £1,300 for Leeds charity

Two colleagues from Leeds Building Society’s Yeadon and Headingley branches took part in a tandem skydive to raise funds for a Leeds-based children’s cancer charity.

Katie Howdon and Kelly Johnson have raised £1,350 for Candlelighters - including £500 in matched funding from Leeds Building Society.

Their 120mph skydive took place at Hibaldstow Airfield. They jumped from approximately 15,000 feet and landed after 15 to 20 minutes.

Kelly Johnson, Assistant Manager at the Society’s Headingley branch said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us, our generous customers in Headingley and Yeadon for all their donations and Leeds Building Society for providing matched funding.

“The skydive was an amazing experience and all for a terrific charity. It was an honour to be able to contribute to the work that Candlelighters do towards fighting children’s cancer.”

Katie Howdon, Assistant Manager at the mutual’s Yeadon branch said: “Thank you so much for all our donations, support and words of encouragement for the skydive.

“We have raised £1,350 and this will pay for a family of up to eight people to go on a short break to spend quality family time away from a hospital environment and treatment, but close enough to the hospital if need be.


Notes to Editors

Pictured:<br> Kelly Johnson and Katie Howdon

Kelly Johnson and Katie Howdon

Leeds Building Society’s Yeadon branch is at 59 High Street, Yeadon, LS19 7SP, the Headingley branch is at 18 Arndale Centre, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2UE.

Hibaldstow Airfield is at Redbourne Road, Hibaldstow, North Lincolnshire DN20 9NN.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.7bn (as at 30th June 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.