Last month, our very own Karen Sheldon — along with Simon Ward from Pro-Aktiv in Nottingham, and Matt Benselin from Go Pro Services in Long Eaton — helped raise £1669 by taking to the skies and jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet to help support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research.
The BHF is leading the fight against heart and circulatory disease in the UK, which is responsible for nearly 160,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes. Thanks to fundraisers like Karen, Matt and Simon, the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart conditions.
Karen said: “Supporting the BHF was an easy decision as it’s a worthy cause. So many people are affected by heart problems and more research is desperately needed. It’s so important to support the BHF, as they don’t receive government funding for their research. As I am in a position to help, I feel I should, and I’m so glad I did the skydive.”
Sophie Parkins, BHF Area Fundraising Manager in the East Midlands, said: “We are so grateful to Karen, Simon and Matt for taking on this challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money. Skydiving is a fantastic way to do something unforgettable to raise vital funds to help the BHF continue its life-saving research. Please, join our fight for every heartbeat, and sign up to become a Heart Flyer today.”
For more information or to sign up to become a BHF Heart Flyer, visit www.bhf.org.uk/skydive.