Four employees from Kier Sheffield skydive for local charity
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Communities and also in Housing
Kier Sheffield has supported a range of charitable organisations over the last ten years and when one of the current dedicated charities offered a sponsored skydive opportunity, four employees ‘jumped’ at the chance, raising a grand total of £2,275 for Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
Ian Whittington, Tammy Irons, Sam Jessop and Alice Thorn bravely volunteered to participate in the event, which took place at Hibaldstow Airfield in North Lincolnshire. Assistant maintenance manager Ian has a reputation as an adrenalin junkie and had no reservations about taking part, having had previous experience from a number of bungee jumps, but Tammy, Sam and Alice had never done anything like this before. Thankfully they all received full training on how to land and how the parachute works and were provided with overalls, safety helmet and goggles for the jump itself.
Ian and Sam went up first and enjoyed the experience enough to want to go again. Tammy and Alice went next, courageously overcoming great nerves to complete the dive. Purchase ledger clerk Tammy said: “I am petrified of heights. I got emotional and felt a bit ill when I was all kitted up ready to go but I just told myself to get it together for this worthy cause.”
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is a unique environmental and educational charity based in Sheffield providing an outstanding learning experience to over 10,000 children and young people each year, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and the inner city.
Sarah Kerrigan, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust head of fundraising and events, said: “We are really proud of everyone who took part in the skydive; facing the highest jump in the country at 15,000ft was not an easy task but everyone faced the challenge head on. We are delighted with the money raised on the day, which will ensure we can continue to deliver our unique experiences to the children of South Yorkshire.”
Over the last ten years Kier Sheffield has implemented a number of advanced corporate responsibility innovations providing community regeneration through jobs, training and local investment. Since 2003 Kier Sheffield has delivered; 198 apprentice placements, 6,000 work experience days for 14 to 16-year-olds, £344m reinvested into the local economy through local supply chain spend, and £130,000 raised for a range of local charities.
Kier regional operations director, Phil Oades, said: “Kier Sheffield is a large local employer with around 98% of its workforce living in a Sheffield postcode. The nature of the service we provide means that we are part of the fabric of the city and we take our social responsibility seriously. It matters to us as a business and it matters to us as residents.
“Our proactive approach has created a lasting legacy and has been instrumental in supporting the city’s ‘Strategy for Sustainability’. It has also contributed towards our recognition by Business in the Community, which awarded us a Platinum Big Tick Award for 2013, as well as the Care2Work Quality Mark for our work targeting looked after children.”
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