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The brave trio accomplished their skydiving mission to fundraise for Wolverhampton-based, Deaf-led charity Zebra Access.
The brave thrill-seekers Chris Beech, Sebastiana Mazzocchio and Frazer Cockle took the plunge to take part in the Charity Tandem Skydive on Monday 18th September 2017 to raise funds for Zebra Access.
The group gathered at the Langar Airfield near Nottingham, where they undertook training with an instructor to learn about the equipment, the actual skydive and how to land safely. Videos and photos have been shared on Zebra Access' Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, documenting how the group were feeling and what went on during the day. They all successfully leapt out of the plane at about 13,500 feet, flying down at 120mph for 50 seconds before the parachute opened!
"It was a fantastic experience jumping off the plane... it was like being free! There was no control going down and it was a really fast descent!" - Chris Beech, Project Development and Training Manager
"It was great! I actually had some control of the chords- I pulled one and I went spinning down- it was so much fun!"- Sebastiana Mazzocchio
"It went great! [The instructor] thought I was nervous but I was fine jumping off and I felt really confident flying down" - Frazer Cockle
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss; that's one in six of us. The lack of events that are available in sign language means that deaf people, especially those whose first language is British Sign Language, are unable to enjoy equal participation and access without experiencing communication barriers.
Over £1200 has been raised by the skydive and this will go towards the costs involved in organising the skydiving event and to Zebra Access to help develop opportunities for deaf people by providing access to a range of activities, promoting and advocating a healthier lifestyle, raising awareness and improving accessibility to technology, services and facilities.
We are humbled by the generosity of those who have donated - thank you for your support. If you would like to help Zebra Access achieve their goals in supporting deaf people, feel free to make a donation at: www.doitforcharity.com/ChrisBeech. (The page will be available until the end of October).
If you are interested in fundraising for Zebra Access in the future, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Zebra Access, visit: www.zebra-access.com.
For further information, please contact Project Development and Training Officer Chris Beech: email@example.com
Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to Lottery's Community Fund. Services includes Employment Servuces, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.find out More