A QUARTET of colleagues from Eastgate Veterinary Group will take a flying leap to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
The fearless foursome will be jumping from a height of 13,000ft as they skydive their way to raising money for the charity that trains dogs to transform the lives of deaf people.
Three of the group – Emma Nicholson, Pamela Sallangos and Amie Perry – work at Eastgate Vet’s practice in Mildenhall and the fourth, Rosie Eboma, is based at the Bury St Edmunds branch.
Emma, who is the branch manager at Mildenhall, said: “Not one of us has ever done a skydive before so it will be a new experience. We are all excited by the thought of the jump but it’s fair to say we are apprehensive as well.”
The quartet will be taking to the air for the skydive over Beccles in Suffolk, on Saturday 14th September.
Each of the team will fall at about 120mph descending to 5,000 feet in around 40 seconds.
Hearing Dogs for the Deaf is the chosen charity of the year for VetPartners, the wider veterinary group that Eastgate Veterinary Group is part of.
Emma added: “We wanted to do something big to support the charity in 2019 and the idea of a skydive came out top. We hope to raise as much as money as we can and it would be great to reach £1,000.”
Hearing Dogs for the Deaf trains dogs to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds, such as fire alarms, intruder alarms, oven timers and baby monitors.
The charity’s dogs also provide constant emotional support and companionship, which is important as deaf people can often struggle with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The cost to train and support each hearing dog throughout their lifetime is £40,000.
Eastgate are collecting sponsorship through the online justgiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/skydiveeastgate – and you can donate £2 (or more if you can spare) to Eastgate’s cause by texting FVCC77 £2 to 70070.
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