Ladies and gentleman, I proudly introduce to you a huge upcoming fundraising event that you’re welcome to get involved in, wherever across the country you may be based…
“Skydiving for Stephen”!!!
For a while now I’ve been working hard to get this event off the ground (pun intended aha) but now it’s finally happening! On the 14th July 2014 I will be aiming to get a total of 251+ people to jump out of a plane with me!!
We will be aiming for a World Record Attempt for “The most amount of tandem skydivers in 24 hours” while also raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
ALL the information you need about the event and why you should take part in it can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
Skydiving for Stephen details pack
Once you click on the link a PDF document should start to download straight away. If you have problems downloading or viewing the pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org to resolve any issues.
Please download the document and have a read through if you’re interested in taking part, or please just forward it to someone else who may be interested in it!!
Feel free to share this poster about with as many people possible too!!
Additionally you can read through the core details below, please note all these details and more are included in the downloadable pack anyway:
Skydiving For Stephen
Stephen Sutton has been battling cancer since the age of 15. On January 7th 2013, shortly after finding out his disease was incurable, Stephen made a Facebook page called “Stephen’s Story” (www.facebook.com/stephensstory). On the page he outlined a bucketlist of 46 things he wanted to achieve in the near future. Since creating the page Stephen’s following has grown exponentially and he has inspired thousands of others with his positivity and passion for life. He has achieved more than most would in a lifetime; resulting in him winning countless awards in recognition of his inspirational work and most notably he has raised over £560,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust in just over a year. This is not a sob story, this is Stephen’s Story
Number 2 on Stephen’s bucketlist was to skydive. He has since done it twice and last year persuaded a large group of others to do it with him too. Number 34 on his bucketlist is to “Get my name into the Guinness World Book of Records somehow”.
Stephen’s next project involves recruiting more people to jump 10,000ft out of a plane with him in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. He has applied to Guinness World Records for the “Most tandem parachute jumps in 24 hours” and the aim is to break this record, which currently stands at 251 people.
You or anyone you know is welcome – please spread the word and be a part of this special event. It will be involving people from all across the country coming together to raise a huge amount of money for Teenage Cancer Trust. If you’ve always wanted to skydive, now’s your chance!
Please note that there are weight, age and medical restrictions that may disqualify some individuals from jumping. Please download the rest of the pack above for more details.
This event is representative of everything Stephen and his fundraising is about:
1) Trying new things. Life is for living, don’t be afraid to try out new things and experiences
2) Having fun. Stephen always stresses there should be fun in fundraising. In the group of 55 he organized to do it last year all (even those who were apprehensive/scared) were glad they did it, and most described it as the best thing they’d ever done!
3) Helping others. It’s an amazing opportunity to raise funds for a great cause at the same time as enjoying yourself. One of the Stephen’s mottos is that the best way to help yourself is to help others – you will be raising funds for charity and making a difference you can be proud of.
You are invited to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that has supported Stephen invaluably these last few years. He describes it as a genuine pleasure to have benefitted from the charity to the extent that he can now talk as freely and positively as he does about his
￼￼￼experiences, and as a result is hugely grateful to anyone who helps him out in his fundraising efforts. With your support Teenage Cancer Trust can continue to help teenagers like Stephen: offering practical, emotional and social support to young people with cancer at a time when they need it most.
In the downloaded pack is an official Teenage Cancer Trust Sponsorship Form that you can use to collect sponsorship funds with.
Tandem skydiving provides the experience of a lifetime; it takes just 20 minutes to be briefed for your course and then you will jump harnessed to the front of a fully BPA qualified Tandem Parachuting Instructor and experience the thrill of 120mph freefall.
If you want to find out more about the actual jump process you can visit: http://www.skydiving.co.uk/tandem.htm
You can have your tandem jump filmed and photographed by a professional skydiving cameraman who will follow you and your instructor out in freefall. The package includes an edited DVD and a CD with digital photographs of your whole experience. The cost is £90 per person if you prebook (please note that this cannot be deducted from any sponsorship you raise, it must be paid for yourself). Due to the nature and set up of the record attempt, it is likely that Skydive Hibaldstow will only be able to cater for around 50% of jumpers having a video, so if you definitely want one we suggest prebooking it and will require a deposit in advance to guarantee a video package.
We will also be offering one free DVD and photo package for whoever fundraises the most for Teenage Cancer Trust.
To confirm your booking, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 on registration.
Once the deposit has been paid, we request participants MUST raise a minimum sponsorship of £350 before the day of the jump.
From this £350 minimum sponsorship:
– £135 can be used to fund the remaining cost of your skydive (this is a reduced price relative to what you would pay as an individual jumper or in a smaller group).
– £215 will be donated straight to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Please note: it is important to recognise that although it seems you can be skydiving for almost free (i.e. by using the £135 sponsorship to fund the remaining cost of your jump your skydive) it will effectively be paid for by the charity and the people supporting your cause. As a result, you are more than welcome to pay for the rest of the jump cost yourself if you wish to, and we also encourage you so to raise as much as possible over the minimum sponsorship amount as any ￼funds raised over the £350 minimum sponsorship will be donated straight to Teenage Cancer Trust.
The record attempt is scheduled for Monday 14th July 2014.
To confirm your place we require the non-refundable deposit of £50 per person and standard
registration details by the 31st May.
If the record attempt is oversubscribed places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. To help out with the whole running of the event it would be hugely appreciated if you could get your deposits and places secured as soon as possible.
Please note that skydiving is a weather dependent sport and so if overall the weather is not great then it may just not be possible to complete the record attempt on that day and it may be hard to reschedule for another day. If this happens we promise you will still get the chance jump at some point, albeit unfortunately not part of a world record attempt.
Skydive Hibaldstow (Hibaldstow Airfield, Hibaldstow [near Brigg], North Lincolnshire, DN20 9NN) will be hosting the event.
Skydive Hibaldstow operate their skydiving centre to the highest standards in safety under the regulations of the British Parachute Association. Their sky diving instructors have combined jump numbers in excess of 30,000 jumps and over 75 years experience. Amongst them they have British Parachute Association Advanced Instructors and Instructor Examiners who teach new skydiving and parachuting instructors all over the country.
If you wish, accommodation options are available if you wish to stay with them before or after your skydive, please call 0113 250 5600 or email email@example.com for more information.
How to take part:
1) Complete the ‘Skydiving Registration form’ attached at the end of this pack and send it to Skydive Hibaldstow by post or by scanning and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Skydiving for Stephen”, along with the non refundable deposit of £50. Alternatively you can book online at this link: www.skydiving.co.uk/regform-stephensstory. You can also book by phone on 0113 250 5600. Remember that the deadline for any registration is 31st May.
We encourage you to apply online as this should be the easiest and quickest method to register.
2) Start fundraising! Official sponsorship forms to collect donations from friends and family can be found at the end of this pack. If you choose to raise funds online, please use www.justgiving.com and join the fundraising team by going on this link
￼￼￼￼http://www.justgiving.com/teams/stephen-sutton-TCT once your page is made and clicking on “Join the team”.
If you choose to raise money online, you must notify Skydive Hibaldstow of this so that they can invoice Teenage Cancer Trust for the cost of your jump. The cost of £135 will be taken from your sponsorship total, so this will not be paid unless you have reached the minimum sponsorship of £350 ahead of the jump date.
If you raise money offline, you will need to take the minimum of £350 to the airfield with you on the day.
3) On the day of your skydive (July 14th) you will need to:
Arrive at the airfield at a designated time and register in the reception.
Pay the remaining balance of your skydive if this has not been done already.
Pay any offline sponsor money you have raised* if this hasn’t been done already.
Your sponsorship to Teenage Cancer Trust MUST be above the £215 minimum required (£350 minus the jump costs, as outlined in the cost section of this pack) and offline monies should be made out as a cheque payable to ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ and the sponsorship form should be attached in order to claim Gift Aid.
If you are aged 40+ or have a medical condition you will also need to hand in your BPA Tandem Fitness form 115 signed and stamped by your doctor.
If you are aged 16 or 17 then you will need a parent present to sign consent for your jump.
4) Complete 20 minutes of training with your instructor.
5) Enjoy your Tandem Skydive!!
*We understand that collecting sponsor money may be difficult and that some people may not give you pledged monies until after you have completed the jump. In these cases, we can accept a post-dated cheque from yourself in payment for the minimum sponsorship. This will allow you time to collect the remaining sponsorship after you have completed your jump.
If you fail to reach the minimum sponsor amount, you will be expected to cover the remaining amount yourself or pull out of the event (you may then be required to return your sponsor money to your donors).
Any additional funds you may collect after you have completed your jump must be passed directly to Teenage Cancer Trust within 6 weeks of your jump. Failure to do so is considered theft.
The emphasis on this event is about the unique tandem skydiving experience and fundraising for a great cause. Once you sign up you will be expected to jump at some point, even if the record attempt unfortunately cannot go ahead (e.g. due to weathers, numbers or other factors out of our control). Of course, achieving the World Record would be wonderful and we will try our best to achieve it, but it must be understood that unfortunately it cannot be guaranteed.
If you have any further questions you can contact Stephen at email@example.com, or preferably contact Skydive Hibaldstow directly on 0113 250 5600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as they are in the best position to answer any questions. A list of FAQ’s to do with the skydive can be found here: http://www.skydiving.co.uk/Beginners.html