DJS staff charity sky dive finally takes place after two year pause

27th April 2022 19:00

After a two-year delay due to the global pandemic (and the great British weather!), two of our DJS team members were finally able to take to the skies for a long overdue charity  sky dive! 

Bravely going where many would prefer not to, Conner Woodrow, and Emily Johnson from our data support department signed up for the challenge in 2020 to help raise funds for our then Charity of the Year, the Thomas Theyer Foundation. 

After being postponed most recently because of the weather, the event finally took place on Sunday 3rd April (2022), at SkyDive Langar near Nottingham, with DJS staff amongst the representatives jumping on behalf of the charity, which supports children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Difficult Life Circumstances (DLC). 

Fundraisers were harnessed to the front of a fully qualified parachuting instructor before freefalling from 14,000ft reaching terminal velocity at 120mph, followed by approximately 5 minutes flying gently to the ground under the parachute.

The six participants who took part raised more than £3,000 for the Thomas Theyer Foundation, with £710 of this raised by DJS Research.

Speaking about the experience, Emily Johnson said:

“It was an exciting day, and it was amazing to finally get to do it after a few delays. It was so scary but also the most amazing experience and something I would 100% do again!”. 

Conner was a little less convinced at first, admitting that he was a little unprepared for how high the plane would climb before they did the dive. 

“It was scary!’ he said. “On the plane Emily thought I was going to pass out – I didn’t realise how high 14,000 feet would actually look like once I got up there."

However, once safely back on terra firma, he added: “Looking back on it, though, it was an amazing experience, and I would do it again.”

Chris Theyer of the Thomas Theyer Foundation said of the fundraiser:

We were so pleased that Connor Woodrow and Emily Johnson from DJS were able to make our fundraising skydive. This was third time lucky as the previous two dates had to be rescheduled because of the weather. In total, six people were in the TTF Sky Dive team.  Despite some nerves, everyone enjoyed the experience and over £3000  was raised for our charity, supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Difficult Life Circumstances (DLC). Our focus at TTF is the physical and mental health of our beneficiaries, and we do this by encouraging and providing access to outdoor activities and counselling support.  Congratulations again to Connor and Emily and our thanks for their fundraising!”  

On behalf of all at DJS Research we'd like to say a huge thank you to Emily and Conner for putting themselves forward and raising such a brilliant amount of money for charity. 

This skydive was the latest activity in a long line of challenges taken on by DJS staff to raise funds for our Charity of the Year and other causes. 

Past fundraisers include the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Tough Mudder and walking the length of the Gritstone Trail, as well as our annual Get up and Go Challenge

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