Jane Brookes founded You Raise Me Up when her daughter Megan died unexpectedly at the age of 17. Jane realised that there was virtually no support available when an older child dies and so she decided to raise money and fill the gap.
Christina Ewbank is aware of at least four chamber members who have lost older children with their whole lives ahead of them and so she wanted to do something to help.
“When Lesley suggested a skydive two years ago she caught me on the hop and so I airily said yes, without thinking exactly what that meant! Covid came last year so to my great relief the skydive was postponed, but this year there was no escape! On Friday I found myself 15000 feet in the air, strapped to a burly para who is a member of the Army’s Red Devils – so there are compensations for the sheer terror.
“Diving head first into thin air was incredibly exhilarating and I would recommend it to anyone! Particularly when you are in the safe hands of your own Red Devil!
“My family said they would double their sponsorship if I dressed as a nun so the Flying Nun and the Red Devil took to the air and descended to earth in a little over a minute.”
If you would like to add a donation to Christina’s Virgin Money Giving page, click here.
After a year of lockdowns, the many families supported by You Raise Me Up will be able to get together to support each other again, so do please give generously if you can.
Alternatively, if you like home made cake, You Raise Me Up have a café in Polegate High Street where you can get great coffee with delicious cakes, home made on the premises. All their profits go to the charity, so drop in and see them.