Four members from two business companies are to take part in a sky dive to raise money for a children’s charity.

Ongar Business Centre and Invest Essex are aiming to raise a minimum of £3,000 by jumping from over 10,000 ft for Kids Inspire on Tuesday, May 21.

Location services director David Rooke and office manager Laura Smith from Invest Essex will be representing Invest Essex in the joint fundraiser.

Speaking about the upcoming adrenaline challenge, Mr Rooke said: “I am excited about the challenge itself but even more excited about the prospect of raising significant sums of money that could help make a real difference to young people.

“Those funds could help them through difficult times and hopefully provide them with the support that enables them to go into adulthood with positive minds and optimism to live their lives to the full.

“To skydive with the world famous Red Devils – having seen them many times from childhood at various air shows and events – is a real privilege.”

Ms Smith is also looking forward to the big event, saying sky diving has been on bucket list for years.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing ‘flying’ and having that sense of achievement once I have realised I have landed in one piece.

“However, my main hope is to raise as much as we can for the charity and to just try and enjoy every minute.

“To be given the opportunity to raise money for Kids Inspire at the same time, made it seem like the perfect opportunity.

“They are a fantastic charity and the work they do to support the young people of Essex is amazing.”

Nottingham Parachute Centre (while attached to parachutes and qualified instructors!) for the tandem skydive in the safe hands of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment, the Red Devils.

Kids Inspire supports children and young people recovering from traumatic experiences or dealing with emerging mental health difficulties within Essex.

There has been alarming 49% increase in the number of referrals over the past year.

Their overall goal is to allow all Essex children affected by trauma or mental health difficulties to receive specialist support and become healthy adults with fulfilling lives.

The team if four will sky dive at Nottingham Parachute Centre with the British Army’s Parachute Regiment, the Red Devils.

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