A group of daring children of fallen police officers have raised more than £7,000 for Care Of Police Survivors by jumping out of a plane.
It was third time lucky for the 10 members of the group (pictured) who took part in a tandem skydive on Saturday 25 October.
Abi Walker, daughter of West Yorkshire PC Ian Walker, was unable to complete the skydive on October 25, so will be doing it at a later date.
According to the organisers, all of the team “absolutely loved” the experience at Langer Airfield in Nottingham.
Initial attempts to get off the ground in July – on the Saturday of the annual Survivors’ Weekend – and then again in August had failed.
The group initially started out hoping to raise £1,000 – so were “really pleased” to gain seven times that amount of sponsorship.
Vicky Moore, organiser of the event, said: “I didn’t think in a million years that we would raise so much. People have given us support and donations from every direction so we are really thankful for that.”
She added: “A lot of people donate to charities and don’t realise how much it helps people – but this money will help COPS and families who have lost their loved ones on duty.
“COPS provides a support network that you need… getting together with other people… which means a lot in the healing process after losing somebody.”
Vicky said the team were “getting ideas together” for what to do next. “There will be another challenge coming up,” she predicted.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the group can click here
Date posted: October 31, 2014