Five staff from Courtland Lodge care home in Watford took their lives in their hands this week by taking on the challenge of a 10,000 feet Sky Dive to raise money for the home’s minibus fund.
On the 1st May, Sonia, Dominique, Emma, Amanda and Home Manager Oana got up at the crack of dawn to take the trip to the North London Skydiving Centre in Cambridge. When they arrived, they were given training and a safety demonstration and were then taken onto the plane with their instructors for the ascent. Despite admitting to being hugely nervous, all five then went ahead with what turned out to be a 6 minute descent, followed by a safe (and much-welcomed) landing.
The brave carers raised a breath-taking £1,500, which will be put toward the home’s minibus fund. Courtland Lodge – part of the not for profit Quantum Care Group - is home to 60 older residents, many of whom find it difficult to get out and about. The minibus will provide them with opportunities for outings in the Watford area, as well as further afield, such as the seaside.
Home Manager Oana Aston said “We all agreed that it was the best and most crazy experience of our lives and we now want to do it again, but this time from 15,000 feet! I would like to thank the many local people who kindly sponsored the event, including the Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor”.