Receptionist from local Birmingham business conquers fears to skydive for Sense
22 June 2017
Stefan Keeler, from Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, overcame a chronic fear of heights to complete a tandem skydive and raise over £1,200 for Sense.
40-year old Stefan, who is the reception manager for Pennycuick Collins, decided to take on the skydiving challenge as part of a company-wide fundraising campaign. The chartered surveyors have named Sense as their nominated charity for a second year running, and hope to smash the incredible £10,000 raised in 2016 to support the charity’s new Birmingham-based resource centre, TouchBase Pears.
TouchBase Pears is a pioneering and innovative development that will provide specialist provision for disabled people, as well as services for the whole community, including a library, café and performance space. Pennycuick Collins staff will undertake a number of different fundraising activities for the centre throughout the year.
Despite a deep-rooted fear of heights, Stefan jumped from a plane at 12,000 ft. to take on a new personal challenge, and to raise awareness and funds to support those who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or other complex needs.
“I’m not really into extreme sports as I like to play things safe. I’ve thought about doing a skydive before but always bottled out of it as I really am that terrified of heights. I wanted to do something a bit different to what I’d normally do and felt this would be a great challenge for me, and a great opportunity to raise as much as I could for Sense. I also turned 40 this year, so thought that this is the time to do it.
“I have raised over £1,200 and I am so grateful for the support from friends and colleagues, so despite my fears I didn’t want to let them all down and not do it. I just knew I had to do this jump when it is for such a good cause!”
The money raised by Pennycuick Collins will help Sense continue its work supporting people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs to live more independent lives.
Visit Stefan's JustGiving page to sponsor him.