The chief executive of St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust is set to jump 10,000 feet from an aeroplane to raise money for charity – despite being terrified of heights.
Sean McClafferty is hoping to raise £1,000 for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, one of the Trust’s nominated charities.
Taking on the same daring challenge will be Trust Chair Jacqueline Rodden, who will be raising money for another of the Trust’s nominated charities, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Both are set to complete their jumps on Sunday, October 13that Langar Airfield, near Nottingham, and are keen to raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities.
He said: “I am absolutely terrified of heights. I can’t even climb up a ladder to put the Christmas lights up so this is a really big thing for me.
“Obviously the Trust is supporting Rainbows for the next two years and so many people are getting involved by doing amazing things. So I wanted to do something that I know will be a challenge to me and support such a wonderful charity.
“Three years ago I lost my wife to cancer and when she was really poorly, she did a fundraising skydive. I thought to myself that if she could do it when she was going through chemotherapy, then I can do it. I would like to thank everyone who is supporting me.”
Jacqueline said: “It is sad when anyone dies before reaching a proper old age and all the more so when the lives of young children are cut short. Although I have read about how terrific children’s hospices are, I was still blown away by the happiness and fun which was so evident at Bluebell Wood. Visiting with my teenage son, who is going to make a pitch at his school for Bluebell Wood to be voted as their next charity of the year, we were given a warm welcome by enthusiastic staff and saw first-hand children enjoying games and painting, some amazing musical instruments which the music therapist uses with the children and parents getting ready for dinner with their whole family including siblings of children staying in the hospice. We also met George, a therapy dog and key member of the team. It is a privilege to support the work at Bluebell Wood. The people who work there, as well as the huge number of volunteers who support them, reflect in their work some of the core values of our Trust caring for people at vulnerable times in their lives. Choosing them as our charity partners was an easy decision for us to make.”
In January, the Trust announced its charity partnership with Rainbows in Loughborough and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, in Sheffield.
The Trust, which was formed in September 2018, is made up of 25 schools across five local authorities. It has pledged to fundraise for the children’s hospices for its first two years.
Rainbows, in Loughborough, cares for babies, children and young people with life-limited illnesses, including those from Derbyshire.
Ali Furlong, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, said: “For Sean to take on this challenge with his fear of heights is an incredible feat. We couldn’t run our hospice without our fundraisers and on behalf of everyone at Rainbows, I wish him the best of luck.”
Bluebell Wood also cares for seriously ill children and young people across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire.
Hannah Saunders, from Bluebell Wood, said: “The kindness and generosity of the Trust is more appreciated than you know and I would like to say a very personal thank you on behalf of the families and children in our care. I will be cheering Jacqueline on all the way for her skydive, from the comfort of my office chair.”
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