High altitude jump raises charity cash

High altitude jump raises charity cash

Three daredevils from Manchester dived out of a plane on Friday 12 September and raised over £4,000 for charity.

Clare Lord, Mark Rogers and Rob Steadman bravely bailed out of a plane at 15,000 feet in a sponsored skydive for Ronald McDonald House Manchester, the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The dive took place over Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancashire.

The fearless trio all work at the Salford offices of McDonald’s and are long-time supporters of the company’s charity of choice - the independent Ronald McDonald House Charities that in 2013 provided a place to stay for more than 7,000 families at or near hospitals across the UK.

Clare, Mark and Rob have set up a Virgin Money Giving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/RMHCSKYDIVE2014 and have seen their fundraising total soar to £4,100 since the skydive.

Clare Lord says: “What an adventure. The conditions for our skydive couldn’t have been better, with clear weather and an astonishing view for miles around. We all enjoyed the experience immensely and would happily do it again – particularly for such a good cause.”

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Manchester visit www.rmhc.org.uk/manchester.

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For further information please contact:

Alex Goldup: T. 020 7250 8291 M. 07791 765 915 E. alex@thirdsectorpr.co.uk

Francesca Seabourne: T. 020 7250 8287 M. 07944 190 674
E: francesca@thirdsectorpr.co.uk

Notes to editors

1. To speak to someone or for more pictures please contact Alex Goldup.

2. The job titles for the trio are as follows: Clare Lord, Operations Manager (North), McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd; Mark Rogers, Operations Consultant, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd; Rob Steadman, Operations Consultant, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.

3. Ronald McDonald House Manchester is one of 14 Houses in the UK run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.

4. Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in 1989 and last year helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. The Charity, which this year celebrates 25 years of keeping families together, relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.

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