Four Daredevil Tandem Jumpers Raise Money for Four Fantastic Charities
Three daring team members from Kuehne+Nagel alongside Intermodal Director Kevin Cudby from Cargostore Worldwide are fearlessly taking on a 13,000ft skydive with the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team. They are taking on the challenge to raise money for various charities, with each charity close to their heart.
Conor Stripp, Tony Burcham, and Gemma Dunbar have boldly put themselves forward to take on the challenge, joining the Red Devils on the 26th of August.
Kevin Cudby, who also plays for the grassroots rugby club Pegasus Palmerians RFC, is choosing to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which provided unparalleled treatment to Charlotte, the daughter of one of Kevin’s rugby teammates.
Charlotte suffers from a high-grade glioma and has undergone seven rounds of chemotherapy before her 2nd birthday.
Kevin said: “When a child suffers from a life-threatening illness, their family life turns upside down. After seeing the effects this had on my friend and teammate, I decided to fundraise for the Great Ormond Street Hospital so I could help others going through a similar difficult situation.”
The Great Ormond Street Hospital provided exceptional support to Charlotte and her family. Charlotte has since gone into remission, a testament to the quality of care provided by the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Conor has opted to raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance Charity which saves lives across Wales daily, covering their rural countryside, towns, cities and coastline.
Conor said: “A few years ago, I experienced first-hand how such a service like Wales Air Ambulance Charitable Trust operates. They are dedicated and determined to help and support those in life-threatening situations no matter the obstacles they face. No one should experience having a close friend or relative who has a serious accident without the necessary emergency service available, so I would like to thank everyone who’s donated to support!”
Wendy McManus, Wales Air Ambulance Community Fundraiser, said: “We would like to convey our sincere thanks to Conor for choosing to raise funds for our lifesaving charity. Wales has a very diverse landscape. Wales Air Ambulance plays a critical role in ensuring that everybody has access to emergency care wherever they are and whenever they need it. With four aircraft across the country and now operating 24/7, we need to raise £8 million every year to keep the helicopters flying. It is because of the incredibly generous support of people like Conor that we can achieve this.
“We are also very grateful to the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team and Cargostore for sponsoring the skydive and giving participants, like Conor, an opportunity to raise money for charities that are close to their hearts. Many people will benefit as a result of this fundraising.”
Tony has chosen to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity who provide vital support to soldiers, veterans, and their families in times of need ranging from financial aid to assistance with housing, education, or employment training.
Tony said: ”Our soldiers potentially put their lives at risk every day, but unfortunately, the impact on their families at home often goes unnoticed. The ABF Soldiers’ charity recognises this and provides support where it is needed. I want to thank everyone who has sponsored me and donated to the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. I would also like to thank Cargostore Worldwide for their support in setting up such a fantastic opportunity.”
Gemma is raising money for Refuge who provide resources for people experiencing abusive and controlling relationships, such as temporary accommodation as well as a 24-hour support helpline.
Gemma said: “I have had a personal experience of having to start again by myself, so I feel strongly about raising awareness for this fantastic charity. Most people still do not recognise the signs of abuse and controlling behaviour, which is not always physical. Therefore I would like to raise awareness and let people know that there is support available out there.”
The thrilling fundraising experience is hosted by Cargostore Worldwide who is a sponsor to the Red Devils.
Nicky Milan, head of marketing at Cargostore Worldwide, said: “As a strong supporter of the British Armed Forces, we were proud to continue our sponsorship of the Red Devils. We recently renewed our two-year sponsorship by providing them with a fleet of Cookie G4 helmets, the safest skydiving helmet currently on the market.
“We are excited to book a day out of the Red Devils’ busy schedule and offer this fundraising experience to Kuehne + Nagel, giving them a unique opportunity to fundraise for their worthwhile causes.”
Congratulations to our fundraising skydivers for collectively raising £2,413 so far!
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“I really enjoyed the day as a whole, it was nice to meet up with members of both K+N and Cargostore.
The skydive itself was very enjoyable, It was amazing to have a video of the skydive included too, I will always have a memory of the day and I can share the pictures and videos provided. I thought that having the opportunity to fundraise for a chosen charity was a great idea. I am thankful to Cargostore and the Red Devils for organising the event, and allowing me to fundraise for my charity and promote them using this thrilling exprience.
I would Absolutely reccomend the experience to anyone thinking about taking part!”
– Conor Stripp, Kuehne+Nagel
“Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Cargostore for the amazing opportunity to do a tandem skydive. I had a brilliant day! It was great to meet the Cargostore Team members and it felt like we could all talk about anything and everything (which we did). The skydive itself was amazing. What a rush! The Red Devils were
all really top guys as well, which added to the experience.
The fundraising aspect was pretty easy to be honest. I was well guided by Keisha Sayers at ABF The Soldiers Charity, who sent me lots of goodies, badges, stickers, bracelets etc, and I still have donations coming in from friends and family. I would 100% recommend the whole experience to anyone brave enough to undertake the challenge. The package for the day is extremely well run and it is not very often that you jump out of a plane from 14,000 feet with a complete stranger strapped to your back!”
– Tony Burcham, Kuehne+Nagel