Jane Lees, an Assistant Finance Manager from Tamworth based Owl Homes, took to the skies on Saturday 10th October in support of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust. Jane signed up to take on the 10,000ft jump, along with other supporters of the GKCCT; by taking on the jump, Jane alone raised more than £2200 via her just giving page for this much-needed cause. Janes page can be found here: https://buff.ly/3j2XRA0
Childhood cancer is the number one medical cause of death in children in the UK, and The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is working to change this. The team at GKCCT work to raise awareness, fund research into rare cancers of childhood, and produce educational materials. They also provide much-needed support to families.
Jane Lees, from Owl Homes said: "I heard about the sky-dive with Grace Kelly Children's Cancer Charity Trust as they are Owl Homes chosen charity, I decided to undertake the sky-dive because it was for such wonderful cause and a great way to raise money. It was also a great opportunity personally to do something outside of my comfort zone. It was a surreal, amazing, and mesmerising experience, and I would recommend to anyone that has the opportunity to do it. When he opened the parachute, the view was so beautiful, and the instructor said "now you know why the birds sing" which I thought was a very apt comment."
It is not the first time that Tamworth based Owl Homes have raised money for The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust. Owl Homes chose the GKCCT as their charity of choice, as is very close to the heart of many employees. Within the last year Owl Homes have held a range of fundraising activities, ranging from; Christmas jumper day, bring your dog to work day, keep uppies, bike rides, raffles, swimming marathon, dress down days, and various bake sales, which have resulted in the company raising in excess of £2100. Following the skydive, their total raised for the GKCCT stands at over £4000. Owl Homes will continue their fundraising next year, with many events already in the pipeline.
Jen Kelly, Director of the GKCCT said: “Jane jumping for us at the weekend was amazing, she seemed to take it in her stride! It really is amazing that she has now raised over £2.5k including gift aid, she has done so so well. It has been so kind of Owl homes in fundraising for us, it really has.”
“Over the last 12 months over £4,000 has been raised by Owl Homes for the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust whilst remembering someone very special. It was lovely when the team from Owl homes came across to our new office to meet us before the fundraising started – in fact they were our first visitors to our new office.”
“We chose sky dives as one of our events simply because they are a fantastic experience and they are something that can still take place at this strange time. Unfortunately, a number of our other events have had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
We have another sky dive date for next June and also a wing walk in the Spring so we are looking for more people to get involved.
Thank you so much Owl Homes for your wonderful support.”
“The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was set up in memory of my daughter Grace. Her wish was to help other children and this is exactly what we are working to do. We fund research into rare childhood cancers, work towards earlier diagnosis and provide support to families. The work we do supports so many families and your fundraising effort, especially during these difficult mean so much to us. Thank you so much Owl Homes for your wonderful support.”
To find out more about how you can take part in the next skydive for the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, or how you may be able to support the charity in other ways, especially during these turbulent times, please visit: https://www.gkcct.org/