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Stockport pair skydive for mental health

Two funeral directors performed a hair-raising skydive to raise over £1,300 for mental health support in Stockport after noticing local families struggle during the pandemic.

Funeral Directors Nicolle Smith and Dave Cowan of G W Turner Funeral Directors, Stockport, jumped out of a plane from above Grange-over-Sands to raise the funds for Stockport & District Mind, the charity helping members of the community with their mental health.

Nicolle said: “Over the last 18 months, we have found a number of people we serve in Stockport are struggling to deal with both the loss of their loved ones and feelings of isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The G W Turner Funeral Directors teams can’t emphasise enough the importance of mental health support for people going through difficult times. Dave and I therefore took it upon ourselves to help Stockport & District Mind continue their vital work.”

Nicolle and Dave sought an eye-catching way to raise funds to address the issues they came across as funeral directors in the local community. Stockport & District Mind met their idea of a skydive as lockdown restrictions began to lift with enthusiasm.

Nicolle said: “They thought it was a fantastic idea and sent us lots of information about the British Parachute Association, a provider they’ve used before for these fundraising events.”

The pair set up a MuchLoved page where friends, family and colleagues sponsored their skydive, which raised over £1,000 within two months.

Nicolle’s fear of planes meant that, for her, the journey up to 10,000ft was the most challenging part of the fundraiser.

She explained: “It was all very surreal but as soon as you jump out, everything calms down, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re falling.

“Grange-over-Sands looks incredible from that height, and I would absolutely do it again.”

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