Year 11 Prefect, Libby Evans, has ended her Tanzania 2018 trip fundraising drive with a sponsored tandem skydive.
Travelling to Dunkeswell Air Field on 27 June, the brave student (who has just completed her GCSE examinations) was flown up to 15,000 before jumping out of the plane. A seventy five second freefall was followed by a gentle and safe return to terra firma, under the supervision and guidance of her tandem instructor.
The £400 raised through the sponsored dive will be put towards the £4,000 needed for the trip with Camps International to Tanzania in summer 2018, where Libby will be heavily involved in conservation work with local communities.
Libby said of her efforts: “It was just a surreal feeling really; I was falling so fast that it felt like I wasn't falling at all. Everything looked so small; you would expect it to be really noisy but everything was so peaceful and quiet. I cannot comprehend the rush I got when falling and how amazing it felt.”
Tanzania trip leader and Team Leader of Modern Foreign Languages, Hannah Brown, said: “I have been constantly surprised by the incredible ways our students have come up with to raise money for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Libby’s skydive was amazing, and it was a fitting way to end all of the incredible fundraising our students have been doing. Newton Abbot College is proud of every single one of our students heading out to Tanzania; they have a real opportunity to make lasting, positive change in local communities and I am very excited to be a part of that journey.”