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Accuro flying high after skydivers raise £3,000 for the disability charity

Five fearless supporters of Start Hill-based disability charity Accuro (Care Services) raised £3,000 with a 10,000 ft (3,048m) skydive.

Jo Benterman and Liam Etty collected over £1,400 after their leap of faith with North London Skydiving Centre.

Liam, from Dunmow, said: "Skydiving for Accuro has been an awe-inspiring experience. Covid's been a big hurdle, pushing the date of the jump later than anticipated. But it made us more determined to raise as much money as we could to overcome the challenge of falling 10,000ft. I'd be happy to do it all over again, especially if it means raising more money for such a great cause."

Liam Etty and Jo Benterman in front of the aircraft (50574122)
Liam Etty and Jo Benterman in front of the aircraft (50574122)

Jo, a former staff member of the charity, added: "I really enjoyed it and I'm already thinking of doing another skydive for Accuro in the near future!"

As part of nominating Accuro as their employer's Charity of the Year 2021, Beth Murphy, Shaun Smith and Bradley Wenman, from Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, also jumped.

Beth said: "We were all quite nervous – it was a surreal experience. It was great fun though and we felt amazing all day afterwards, both for braving the jump and for knowing we'd raised a significant sum for the charity."

Beth Murphy, of Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, mid-dive (50574124)
Beth Murphy, of Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, mid-dive (50574124)

Accuro fundraising manager Sue Fishpool said: "Both of our skydiving dates have been delayed by over a year and rescheduled twice due to the pandemic, so we were so pleased that it was third time lucky and all of our fantastic challengers were able to go ahead with their jumps.

"We cannot thank Beth, Brad, Shaun, Jo and Liam enough for their support, patience and bravery both in taking on the challenge and raising vital funds for Accuro."

The charity provides clubs and services to children, young people and adults with a disability across west Essex. It aims to provide fun, safe and inclusive services to reduce social isolation and give members opportunities to socialise, make friends, develop life skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

To learn more, visit www.accuro.org.uk.

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