Thrill-seekers take the plunge for scholarship fund
A team of adrenalin junkies from York St John
University have taken part in a tandem skydive fundraiser to raise
valuable funds for SPARK (Securing Potential and Releasing
Knowledge), the University’s scholarship fund.
Staff, students, alumni and friends gathered
at Hibaldstow Airfield in Brigg, North Lincolnshire to take the
plunge on Saturday 30 July. A total of twenty four people did the
jump from 15,000 feet helping to raise more than £2,000 for SPARK.
All landed safely after an exhilarating minute of freefall before
the parachute opened.
Brett Arnall, Alumni Development Manager at
York St John University said:
“The events to raise money for SPARK are
becoming very diverse and more of our staff, students and alumni
are taking the initiative to raise valuable funds to support
students at York St John.”
“Those taking part raised funds by really
stepping out of their comfort zone and there is already a growing
waiting list of people wanting to do the event again next year!
Thanks to Hannah Spring and Kerry Sorby in the Faculty of Health
& Life Sciences for organising the event, those who took part
and everyone who sponsored participants.”
Since its launch in 2005, over £200,000 has
been raised for SPARK through a variety of fundraising initiatives.
In addition SPARK has supported more than 150 students from a wide
variety of backgrounds to study academic and professional
programmes across the University.
Picture shows: Staff from York St John University preparing
for the skydive: (left to right) Kirstin Thompson (Student Funding
Adviser), Emma Wilkins (Director of HR), Daniel Ridsdale (Students’
Union Vice President Education and Welfare), Helen Woodall (Senior
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