Matthew and Colin's Leap for Liver experience
“This is my friend “Bluey” in the middle, the reason for doing the jump – you guys looked after him so well, we just wanted to give a little back”.
Matthew took part in our Leap for Liver national skydive event, along with Colin, Bluey’s Uncle who is also in the photo. Bluey was given support from the British Liver Trust when he needed an urgent transplant. Colin’s wife – and Bluey’s aunt – Carol, also has a rare autoimmune liver condition. Both wanted to give back to a charity which has been able to support both Bluey and Carol. Colin had never been on a plane before – not even a passenger plane!
With the help and support of their friends and family, Matthew and Colin collectively raised a wonderful £3,130 for the British Liver Trust, which includes a matched funding donation from Matthew’s employer. Matthew has summarised his skydive experience below:
“On Saturday 22nd June 2019 I experienced one of the most euphoric moments in my life and finally lived a childhood dream – I jumped from a plane at 13,500ft and lived to tell the tale!
“Words cannot begin to describe the feelings and emotions that you experience – I could try, but I’m sure those I have spoken to will say; it’s a little long winded.
“So all I will say is that I would tell everybody that they need to experience this, if only once in their lives – I for one are aiming to repeat it!
“Just as important we have raised the profile of the Liver Trust just that little bit more and helped people have, I hope, a better understanding of liver health.”
Skydiving centres are now starting to take bookings, so if a skydive has always been on your wish list, or you’re looking for something to do that your friends and family would never imagine you doing for charity -maybe now could be the time to take the plunge.
Whilst restrictions are in place in many parts of the country it can be hard to plan taking part in organised challenges; but do click the links above as some airfields are taking bookings. Keep checking the Skyline and airfield website, and check in your local area to see what COVID-safe events are available.
There are a number of COVID-secure measures that are being implemented by Skyline in order to allow for the skydive experience to be as safe as possible for all participants, spectators, staff and instructors, so please read and follow them carefully.
We will provide fundraising support and materials including a free branded vest to wear on the day.
We hope you will join us for a fantastic adrenaline-fuelled day. Don’t forget to take some thrill-tastic photos of your leap and share them with us using the hashtag #LeapforLiver.
*Different airfields vary in cost and therefore we may ask for a higher minimum sponsorship target of £450 if the cost of your jump is £300 or more. Please also note that the maximum weight allowance varies for each airfield, do check out the Skyline website for all the details.