In June, Sedbergh School’s International Marketing Manager, David Milner stepped out of his day to day routine to join fellow staff and pupils from Sedbergh School in a charity skydive.
A major part of David’s role at Sedbergh involves travelling the world, promoting the School to prospective families and agents and he is therefore used to travelling through the air, however, jumping out of a plane at 14,000ft, freefalling for 45 seconds at 120mph and parachuting back to ground is generally not on the agenda.
“It was during a recent trip to London that I met up with Gemma Oaten (former Emmerdale actress) and was inspired by her story and the charity SEED Eating Disorders which was set up by her parents.” David explained.
“After hearing the many challenges people face suffering from Eating Disorders and the lack of awareness within the UK, I asked myself how I could support them? What better way than taking part in Sedbergh’s annual charity skydive. Once committed, there was no going back. Apart from monthly donations to various charities, I think the last sponsored event I completed prior to the skydive was a ‘sponsored silence’ in primary school!”
“In order to raise as much money as possible it was important to get a main sponsor and after sharing a few LinkedIN conversations with Paul Monaghan, Managing Partner at St James Square Law Firm in Newcastle, I was delighted when they came on board and the donations started to flood in” said David.
Since taking part in the skydive, David has now become an ambassador for the charity and currently supporting SEED and patron, Gemma Oaten with promoting their brand-new educational toolkit which is used within schools to support staff and pupils. Further information on the toolkit can be found on the SEED website.
“I was extremely pleased to present SEED with a donation of over £1000.00 and I am already planning future fundraising activities – this is just the beginning. I would like to give a special thanks to Skydive North-West for looking after us all on the day, it was an unbelievable experience.” said David.
Gemma Oaten, Patron of SEED, has expressed her gratitude saying, “We at SEED are so overwhelmed by David’s generosity and support of our charity. The skydive he did has raised vital funds for us in our plight to help those affected by the devastating mental health illness that is an eating disorder. We are so grateful for his continued support.”
In total the pupils and staff raised over £4,000 collectively for the following charities; Winston’s Wish, SEED and Alzheimer’s Society.
Donations are still being accepted - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidMilner4