Sponsored skydive will go ahead!

We are delighted to report that our sponsored skydive, despite being delayed, is going ahead and has been rescheduled for 7th August!

As detailed in our previous post, Lloyd Martin was not allowed to jump when our team turned up at the jump site when the team were not prepared for an individual with Down syndrome and refused to let Lloyd jump. It has taken some time to get over the huge disappointment and have conversations with other providers. We have received a full refund from the first provider and have parted ways.

We are excited to say that Skydive Hinton will now be providing the Prime fundraising team with our long awaited opportunity to complete our skydive. They have been incredibly supportive and accommodating and welcomed a chance to meet with Lloyd and his mother Ceri this week.

Speaking about their visit, Ceri said; “The team at Hinton airfield were so welcoming and professional. They made us all feel very relaxed from the moment we arrived. All discussions included Lloyd. The instructor Keith gained Lloyd’s trust within minutes. Keith showed Lloyd all the movements that he’d have to perform during the skydive, which Lloyd easily copied, remembered and repeated back. Keith was confident that Lloyd has the ability to perform a random skydive. It’s so refreshing when people don’t jump to conclusions.”

Our Health, Safety & Welfare Manager Carina accompanied Lloyd and Ceri. Carina added; “The team at Skydive Hinton were fantastic. They were so welcoming and took the time to get to know Lloyd, which was a totally different experience compared to last time. The instructor built a great rapport with Lloyd, showed that he could work really well with Lloyd and is looking forward to jumping with him on 7th August!”

The sponsored skydive is taking place to support our new Camberley facility, which is very close to completion. Please visit our fundraising page here. Please consider donating – every penny goes directly into completing our Camberley gym and getting it open so we can start running classes for the community.

Lloyd recently visited Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club with his coach Josie to use their men’s apparatus ahead of the Waveney Special Olympics Competition that Lloyd will be competing at. Our thanks go to Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club for being so accommodating.