Elizabeth skydives in Dunkeswell to help deaf academy

Elizabeth Davis after her skydive in Dunkeswell.

Elizabeth Davis after her skydive in Dunkeswell. - Credit: Archant

The branch manager of Bradleys Estate Agents in Honiton has joined forced with two other colleagues to raise more than £1,500 for the academy.

The branch manager of a Honiton estate agents jumped 15,000ft out of a plane for an organisation dedicated to helping deaf people.

Elizabeth Davis, of Bradleys, took on the jump with two other employees at Dunkeswell Airfield to raise funds for the Exeter Deaf Academy. She said: “The team at Skydive Buzz were brilliant, although, despite many efforts, the build-up and pre-jump nerves sent me completely delirious and I was a babbling mess.

“There is simply nothing that could have prepared me for what I was about to experience.

“The feeling of being irrevocably humbled yet electrified by the elements up there.

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“It is an experience I am already planning to re-live and so it’s lovely to think that the money we continue to raise will go to such a prolific cause.”

Jason Farrant, managing director of Skydive Buzz, added: “I had the privilege of taking Liz for her first tandem skydive on Sunday, April 24.

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“We had a great skydive from Flight Level 150 (15,000 feet), 60 seconds of free-fall followed by a six minute canopy descent. Liz helped fly the canopy down for a great soft landing.

“We look forward to seeing Liz and her friends for as second time when they take part in our world record attempt on June 20, when Skydive Buzz aims to set a new world record completing 450 tandem skydives in one day.”

So far, more, Elizabeth and her colleagues have raised more than £1,500 for the academy.

Tori Vince, community and corporate fundraising manager for Exeter Deaf Academy, said: “We can’t thank Liz and other members of the Bradleys team enough for taking on this brave challenge in aid of the deaf academy. They have worked hard to fundraise for us as well as then taking a huge leap of faith to jump out of a perfectly good plane from 15,000 feet. Having raised £1,7087 and still counting, we are extremely grateful to them.

“The deaf academy is not funded in the same way as a mainstream school, so fundraising makes a critical difference to our work.”

Elizabeth will be doing another skydive on June 11. To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Davis10

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