Churchill team skydive raises over £22,000 for local charities

Colleagues from Ringwood-based housebuilder Churchill Retirement Living have raised over £22,000 for local causes,including Bournemouth charity Hope for Food, by taking part in a charity tandem skydive.

31 brave team members took part in the ultimate test of nerves, and Chairman & CEO Spencer McCarthy was one of them, along with 15 others from the Group’s Head Office in Ringwood. The daredevils jumped from 15,000 feet and were freefalling for around 60 seconds before coming safely down to earth.

Organised by the Churchill Foundation – the housebuilder’sown registered charity – the challenge took place at GoSkydive in Old Sarum, the specialist first-time tandem skydiving centre.

Churchill’s Chairman & CEO Spencer McCarthy led by example in completing the jump himself. Afterwards an adrenalin-filled Spencer said:

“I’ve never shirked a challenge, and I’m a strong believer in giving something back to the community, so when Churchill Colleagues suggested a charity skydive of course I jumped at the opportunity! Hope For Food is a fantastic charity that does some excellent work in the local area, and we’ve been involved with them for some time now as a key partner of the Churchill Foundation. I’m proud of all our Colleagues’ efforts to raise these vital funds to help continue to make a real difference for those less fortunate than ourselves.”

The impressive total raised will go towards a number of charities around the country, including Hope for Food which is based in Bournemouth and run entirely by volunteers, and aims to provide life’s basic essentials on a day to day basis to people in need of help. It teamed up with the Churchill Foundation last year to launch a groundbreaking new initiative – the Clean Machine – a specially designed van and mobile washing machine service which provides clean clothes, food and respite for local homeless people.

Hope For Food’s Founder Claire Matthews also took part in the skydive and said:

“When I heard about the challenge I thought ‘Ok let’s do this!’ I am scared of heights and can just about go down an escalator without panicking, but the homeless face their fears everyday sleeping on the streets and I see families struggling to feed their children day in day out. So I told myself ‘I CAN DO THIS’ – and I did! It was an amazing experience and I was proud to be part of the Churchill team.”