Matt Dalton, branch manager of Leaders in Port Solent, recently faced his two greatest fears when he undertook a skydive to support his local children’s hospice Naomi House and Jacksplace.
Despite having a genuine fear of both flying and heights, Matt fell a heart-stopping 10,000 feet from a plane to raise more than £650 for Leaders’ Charity of the Year.
He said: “The experience was amazing, literally the best experience in my life! Free falling 5,000 feet in 30 seconds, then gliding the remaining 5,000 feet is something you cannot put into words!
“I decided to do the skydive after hearing - through Leaders’ partnership with Together for Short Lives - about the fantastic work that Naomi House and Jacksplace does. The charity is an inspiration; the hard work and dedication that goes into making the hospice a special place for the children and families who need it is remarkable, it certainly deserves all the help it can get.
“I chose a skydive because my fear of flying and heights is common knowledge among those who know me. I hoped that would motivate them to be generous with their sponsorship and they certainly were! It was an honour to raise this money for Naomi House & Jacksplace and I know it will be put to good use supporting local families.”
Through its partnership with Together for Short Lives, each of Leaders’ 100-plus branches across the country has been partnered with the nearest children’s hospice to enable staff to make a difference in their local community.
Tina Starbuck, corporate account fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said: “We’d like to congratulate Matt on overcoming his fears in order to help raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace. It just shows what you can achieve for a brilliant cause and we are extremely grateful for Matt’s fantastic fundraising efforts.
“Each year we need to raise £7million to run our whole service and deliver our plans. We receive less than 10 per cent of our income from Government. The support we receive from individuals, groups, businesses and trusts means that we can provide care and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, free of charge, when children, young adults and their families from our region need it most.”