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Gemma to give Accuro a boost with high-stakes fundraiser




Bishop’s Stortford rugby club’s weekend bartender is set to leap out of a plane two miles above the ground to give the club’s charity of the year a financial lift.

Gemma Menzies, working behind the bar at the Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club, Silver Leys(7534065)
Gemma Menzies, working behind the bar at the Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club, Silver Leys(7534065)

Gemma Menzies, 39, was inspired to take part in the skydive after she saw two of her club colleagues, Sian Wilde and president Mick Coleman, take on the Accuro Firewalk last autumn to raise money for the charity based at Start Hill, which supports children, young people and adults with a disability.

Gemma, who lives in Windhill, has a more deep-rooted connection with the charity; her mother worked for it several years ago when it was based in Harlow.

Gemma loves setting herself new challenges and did the Brighton Marathon in 2016 despite never having run before.

When she does her skydive at Beccles Airfield in Suffolk on Sunday, May 19, she will fall at around 120mph, descending from 13,000ft to 5,000ft in around 40 seconds.

She is aiming to raise £600 for Accuro.

“I’m not great with heights,” she said. “The very thought of jumping out of a plane gives me goosebumps, but what better way to commit to a challenge than raising money for a brilliant local charity.”

Click here to sponsor Gemma or email fundraising@accuro.org.uk to sign up for the skydive.


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