Here at Media Street, we always like to support a good cause. Working in Exeter and Devon has always been a pleasure for us, and we feel that as part of the local community we should give something back to the area each year. There are so many worthy causes in the area, and we feel a real sense of pride to be based where we are.
So, when we heard that a local sports star from Exeter had secured a place in a top charity World Record Skydive Attempt this year, we were very excited to get involved. Maddy Heath Kelly will be taking part in the skydive in California in October, raising money for two brilliant causes, the Alzheimers Society and Franklyn Hospital Ward, Exeter.
We are delighted to be sponsoring Maddy £150 for her skydive effort, all of which will go straight to her two nominated charities. Maddy, 26, is not only a talented skydiver, but also a newly qualified mental health nurse from Exeter. She applied for the skydive event in June, but with thousands of other applicants, she was surprised when she was selected to be on the women’s team. She is the only individual from Devon to be attending the event, so we are very much looking forward to supporting her and seeing how she gets on.
The event, the P3 Skydiving Women’s World Record, will be occurring from the 12th to the 18th of October, with over 100 women taking part. The last event of this kind for women was in 2009, making it a rare event that Maddy is very eager to take on. The participants will be skydiving from high altitude at 18,000ft and joining together at a precise moment to create a group formation. It is this tricky moment that makes the World Record attempt so difficult to crack, which is why only the most skilled athletes like Maddy have been chosen.
Maddy is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society because unfortunately her mother has recently been diagnosed with dementia. This along with her experience training as a nurse in a specialist dementia hospital in Exeter makes the cause very close to her heart. We hope that our sponsorship, alongside others, will help her along the way to making a real positive difference to the charities she is donating to and the lives of those who they benefit.
So far, Maddy has already exceeded her £600 fundraising target, having raised £900 so far, and is hoping to increase this as much as possible. As Maddy has been skydiving for over five years now and is an incredibly talented sportswoman. We wish her all the best for her World Record skydive attempt and hope that our donation helps her on her way!