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For those who know me, the idea of my jumping out of a plane, 12,000ft up, may seem rather 'different'. That's because, it is! I'm not keen on heights and I'm not keen on confined spaces but oddly enough, I've always wanted to do a parachute jump!
Why now? Well, this June will mark the 10th anniversary since my father Lance Cole passed away.
He was born with a hole in the heart and throughout his life, had many health-related challenges to overcome. It is said that his doctors said to him that it was a medical miracle that he managed to live for as long as he did. When he passed away in 2003, Dad was 66 years old.
As a result of all of the heart-related support that he received throughout his life, we as a family have been particularly supportive of the British Heart Foundation and this is where they come in.
The newly launched BHF Cymru appeal is to raise £200,000 over 2 years to buy defibriliators for those rural communities in Wales that live beyond the 'Golden 8 Minutes' from an Ambulance Station.
There are many such areas in Ceredigion and west Wales and I would therefore like to help raise funds for this critically important appeal.
As there is a cost for making the jump of around £400-500, I have stated that in the 10 week window that I have before I do the jump in Mid-May that I would like to raise £2,500 for the cause so that after the jump costs have been paid, there is a clear £2,000+ that will go direct to the BHF.
UPDATE! I have now increased the target to £3,000 due to popular demand and I will be paying for a good amount of the costs of the jump myself, leaving at the very most, £300 from money raised to pay the balance. So if we can raise £3,000, at least £2,700 will go to the appeal to pay for 3 defibrillators (which cost around £900 each).
NEWER UPDATE! I have now increased the target to £4,250 due to still ridiculously popular demand and will be paying for the majority of the costs of the jump myself, leaving now, just £200 from money raised to pay the balance. So if we can raise £4,250, then with Gift Aid of at least £500 on top, that will mean over £4,500 will go to the appeal to pay for 5 defibrillators (which cost around £900 each).
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So please dig deep and donate now for this worthwhile cause and help me remember my father Lance as we approach the 10th anniversary of his passing, with a small donation for a charity that means a lot to us as a family.