Employees at Chippenham sports clinic, Active Potential Therapy, recently faced their fear of heights with a 10,000ft skydive in Salisbury to raise funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
On 24 August, seven members of staff, including sports therapists, an osteopath and administrators all skydived for the first time.
Samantha Cox, owner of Active Potential Therapy, said, “We’re delighted to be supporting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance with a team challenge for the third year running. We’ve done two very different types of challenges in 2015 and 2016, so we knew we had to come up with something a little bit special this year.”
In June 2016 the company’s employees took on The National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours, raising £2,000. In October 2015 they competed in the local Monster Race, a 6.5km muddy obstacle course, raising just over £1,000.
Samantha explained that while these were very much physical challenges, the skydive was “definitely more a psychological challenge.”
Kelly Wariner, practice manager of Active Potential Therapy, said, “It’s hard to believe we’ve actually done it! Free falling was a terrifying and incredible experience that nothing could have prepared us for. Thank you to everyone who has donated to support the Air Ambulance.”
Each team member was required to raise £395, meaning Active Potential Therapy has had to run several fundraising events. The team also completed a 12-hour ‘treadmill-athon’ in June which saw the company treadmill, usually used for gait analysis appointments, being run or walked on non-stop for 12 hours between six members of staff. More recently a cake sale was held at the clinic. The events raised £390 and £90 respectively.
The team has now raised a total of £1,735 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance through their skydive and hope to reach their target of £2,000 within the next two weeks.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/active-potential. All donations will be greatly appreciated.
Pictured above: The Active Potential Therapy team