Tameside companies take to the skies for charity

Eleven daredevils from a range of local companies took part in an epic skydive to raise funds for charity Tameside4Good.

Representatives from Brother UK, New Charter Homes, Benchmark Building Supplies, Tameside Council, printerbase.co.uk, GMS Thermal Products Limited and Carillion parachuted from 11,000ft last Sunday in Lancashire.

The inspiring challenge was organised by Tameside4Good, who help improve the lives of disadvantaged young people between the ages of five and 25 and fund community group projects.

Elaina Sayers and Lynsey Potter, from Tameside Council, enjoyed the experience so much they want to do it again!

Lynsey said: “On the day, we opted to increase our skydive jump to 15,000ft and we recorded free-fall speeds of 145mph.

“We both thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, so much so we’re intending on doing it again and we’re even looking into the training courses that are available which after completion would allow us to do solo jumps.”

They have so far raised £940 but would like one final push to reach the landmark £1,000 total. You can visit their fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/elainna1lynsey1.


Skydivers Elaina and Lynsey

Siblings Lauren and Ben Ashmore, from Stalybridge, also completed the skydive and have raised in the region of £700.

They signed up through Lauren’s Mossley-based company GMS Thermals Limited – which are very community orientated, with 95 per cent of their employees living in the borough.

Former economics student Ben, 21, admitted he was quite frightened before jumping out of the plane.

He said: “I’m glad it’s over now but I’m glad we did it. I was more scared than Lauren because she was more prepared than I was for the jump.”

But fundraising for local causes is what mattered most to the pair.

Ben added: “Local charities need continued support to carry out good work in Tameside and if the money helps to achieve that, then it’s great.”

Amy Rowlands, Tameside4Good fundraiser, commented: “I know they were nervous about taking on the challenge but they were able to conquer their fears to alleviate poverty, improve health and develop skills, education and employment in Tameside.

“We’re very proud of our brave fundraising skydivers for taking on an extreme challenge to improve local lives. The more money raised, the more local lives can be improved.”

If you are inspired by the fundraisers and want to take on a skydive for Tameside4Good, you can sign up to the charity’s next skydive on Sunday, March 5, 2017, by contacting Amy on 0161 339 2345 or e-mail [email protected]


By Alex Byrom