Year 12 student, Charlie Ryder, raised money for the College’s chosen charity for the academic year, Jay’s AIM, following a daredevil 15,000ft skydive.
The tandem dive, organised through Honiton-based Skydive Buzz, was originally a birthday gift. Charlie decided to take the opportunity to raise important funds by making it a sponsored event, donating £100 to his boxing club, King’s Boxing Academy, and £100 to Jay’s AIM, a charity who install public-access defibrillators and deliver CPR training throughout the area.
Charlie said of the dive: “I have always wanted to skydive and this seemed the perfect opportunity to mix it with helping people. It added another level to the day that made it even more worthwhile. As a young sportsperson myself, I think it is so important to have access to lifesaving defibrillators in places that really could make a difference. I hope that no one ever has to use them, but I am also really proud that I might have one day helped to save a life.”
College Assistant Principal and Fundraising Lead, Katherine West, said: “Charlie is an incredible member of our College community and this is just another display of his kindness and giving spirit. We are extremely thankful for his fundraising efforts and we are so proud that the students at Newton Abbot College are invested in such a worthy cause as Jay’s AIM. The money raised could literally save a life one day; many thanks must go to students like Charlie who make such huge efforts to make positive change in their local community.”