Parachute jump raises funds for Smile by the Sea

A team of brave jumpers from Beal Homes took to the skies on Wednesday, August 19, to raise money for ‘Smile by the Sea’, a charity which provides funds for holidays and respite breaks for families in difficult circumstances.

So far, the ten daring Beal Homes parachutists have raised over £3,700 for the charity and hope to top the £4,400 mark when all their sponsorship money has been collected along with money raised from car boot sales and cake sales.The average cost of a break through ‘Smile by the Sea’ is £440 so the hope is to be able to fund ten breaks for local people from the event.

Speaking after the parachute jump, which took place at Skydive at Hibaldstow in North East Lincolnshire, Caroline Cross, customer care manager at Beal Homes, who organised the charity jump said, “Hats off to all my super colleagues who were brave enough to join me in the jump.We were all very nervous but it was a fantastic experience.

“We’d like to thank all Beal Homes’ contractors and contacts and all our colleagues, family and friends for their kind support in sponsoring us. Their generosity means we think we will hit our target of raising £4400.”

The Smile Foundation ‘Smile by the Sea’ initiative aims to help charities provide breaks for people in difficult circumstances across Hull & East Yorkshire, for example families with children with disabilities, adults affected by post natal depression or memory loss, or those requiring end of life care.A respite break away by the seaside often creates a lasting memory, a chance to rest and recuperate or to forget the strains and stresses of the challenges they are facing.People must be referred by a local registered charity or constituted body.

The Beal Homes parachute team were: Emily Bailey, Tommy Balmforth, Caroline Cross, Kaye Garwood, Philip Hall, Luke Martin, Jo Midgley, Emma Midwood, Rebecca Richardson, Graham Williamson and Nicola Williams.