Leap of faith as First Choice Labels staff complete Tees charity sky-dive

Three members of the First Choice Labels workforce took to the skies in a bid to raise much needed funds for The Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

The foundation raises money which is donated to local charities, not-for-profit organisations and individuals with sporting excellence from across the whole of Teesside.

The First Choice Labels team was made up of managing director Nigel Willis and two colleagues, Matthew Hazelwood and Jamie-Leigh Phillips.

They put aside their inhibitions to leap from 10,000 feet in the air – reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

Nigel said “As a proud patron of The Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, I couldn’t say no.

“I discussed the sky diving activity with the rest of the team, and I was delighted when my two colleagues, Matthew and Jamie-Leigh agreed to also take part.”

The skydive took place at the Skydive Academy, Peterlee Parachute Centre in Durham on Saturday (March 23).

Family members went along to see all three free-fall approximately 5,000 feet before gracefully parachuting the final 5,000 feet.

Jamie-Leigh said: “I was extremely nervous before jumping from the plane, but once I was in in the sky the adrenaline took over and I can’t describe the sensation.

“When I landed, I was greeted by my daughter and husband; I genuinely can’t describe the sense of accomplishment and achievement I felt, knowing that I’d confronted a fear to help others.”

Matthew added: “It was an amazing experience, especially knowing that you were doing it for such a good cause.

“The morning was full of emotions from my children not letting go of me as I left them to take to the skies, to the excitement as I jumped from the plane. I can’t wait to do it again!”.

The First Choice Labels team have managed to raise just short of £1,800 between them for the foundation.

For further information about The Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation please visit www.teessidecharity.org.uk.


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