L&Q thrill-seeking colleagues take the plunge to raise £4k for NSPCC by skydiving.

Who knew we had such fearless colleagues in our midst? John Mills, Paul Bliss, Zoe Rush and Jordan Hoy (who has now left L&Q) took workplace bonding to the next level as they jumped out of a plane together for charity. The team, who all work at the award-winning Beaulieu development in Chelmsford, did their skydives at Sibson Airfield in Peterborough.

They all took part in the skydive challenge earlier this month, raising over £2,000 between them, which was match-funded by the Foundation to £4,000.

A total of £15,000 was raised by 12 colleagues, from different parts of the organisation, that have taken up the challenge – that’s half of our £30,000 target for the NSPCC over two years.

Senior site manager John Mills said:

“It was the thrill of a lifetime, unbelievable. It was a cloudy day so you couldn’t see the ground which made it a lot easier. I watched the video from my GoPro afterwards and counted 23 seconds of falling through the cloud. I really wanted to get involved because the NSPCC is such a good cause. The Foundation matched all the money we raised, and if a company are prepared to do that then people should be eager to jump out of a plane. It’s a lot easier than running a marathon!”

Site manager Paul Bliss added:

“It was great for team bonding. If you are thinking about doing it, I would say just go for it. On the other side of fear is fun – once you’ve done it, you’ll be glad you did, and you’ll kick yourself if you don’t. I would do it again for sure, I think we should do it every year.”

Design and technical co-ordinator, Zoe Rush, added:

“I’ve done a skydive before, but it was much better doing it in a team to raise money together for such a valuable charity. It was fun getting to see if people got scared or excited and getting to know each other better outside of work.”

Head of the L&Q Foundation, Matt Corbett, said:

“Jumping out of a plane is not an easy thing to commit to, and we are all so proud of our colleagues across the organisation who have helped raised £15,000 for the NSPCC.”

By raising the funds, our colleagues help the NSPCC to continue their work in supporting and protecting children from all forms of abuse. For more information, visit the NSPCC website