Skydivers take leap of faith for sight loss charity

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DARING fundraisers set their sights high when they took on a thrilling challenge in aid of a Worcester charity for the blind and partially sighted.

The thrill seekers took to the skies on Sunday, July 27, to take part in a skydive to raise money for Sight Concern Worcestershire.

Hannah Bishop and Shirley Sheridan, both users of the charity and charity supporter Jess Thomas, each leapt from over 10,000 feet as a part of an exhilarating tandem skydive in Swindon.

Through taking part in the skydive, reaching dizzying speeds as high as 120mph, the brave participants faced their fears to help others cope with the effects of sight loss with the support of Sight Concern Worcestershire.

Mrs Sheridan, who lost her sight from diabetic retinopathy fourteen years ago, and has recently been made a trustee of the charity, said after her sight loss, she didn’t have any surprises in her life and prior to the jump had a wobbly leg sensation.

Speaking after the challenge she said: "I loved every minute and returned home very happy. My head is still in the clouds and I just want to relive it all over again. There's no experience like it."

Ms Bishop added: "I had an absolutely great time, the people there were very supportive and felt I was in safe hands. The weather was lovely too, so spent the whole day at the airfield. I want to do it again."

The brave participants each raised £395 in sponsorship, to help blind and partially sighted people in Worcestershire live independent and fulfilling lives.

If you would like a speaker to come and visit your local group to talk about Sight Concern and their own personal experience, please contact Fiona Blake on 01905 332902 or email

You can also find out more about Sight Concern by visiting or calling 01905 723245.

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