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Laura takes the leap!
By Laura Holland
On Jul 23, 2020
Last Saturday our Junior Marketing Executive, Laura bravely took to the sky at 13,000ft to skydive for The Brain Tumour Charity. With help from family, friends and the team, Laura raised a whopping £1,164! Laura tells us more about why she decided to make the jump and what the surreal experience was like.
What inspired you to do a skydive?
Back in 2017, my Nan was diagnosed with a brain tumour and tragically lost her battle the same year. I started doing a lot of research into The Brain Tumour Charity and took comfort in learning of others experiences.
I’ve previously taken part in charitable events including Race for Life, but I wanted to do something out of the ordinary in memory of my Nan, which is where the idea of the skydive came from. I had always wanted to skydive and doing it for charity gave me extra motivation and made me more resilient, as I knew I would have to go ahead with it on the day. The main reason I did the skydive was to raise vital funds for the charity, create more awareness and to make my Nan and family proud - I would recommend it to anyone, whether for fun or charity.
What was the skydive like?
One of the most amazing, surreal experiences I have ever taken part in and one that I would happily have done again straight away. From getting into the plane to suddenly being 13,000ft in the air, before I knew it I was free-falling.
On the day I had my family support and my Dad even decided to book himself a skydive to experience the full journey with me.
The second I left the plane all my anxiety and tension lifted and I realised it’s one of the most unique things I’ll possibly ever experience again. The parachute was the best part, you’re floating down to the ground and it is all calm again, twisting and turning whilst admiring the view.
Once I landed I was very overwhelmed with the support from my family who came to spectate.
It’s an experience the team thought I was crazy and brave for doing, but I hope I have inspired at least one of them to take the plunge!
Laura’s fundraising page is still taking live, so if you’ve been inspired by her journey and can spare a couple of quid, please donate.