My big skydive for CW Mind

Earlier this month, for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind attempted a feat never before achieved in our charity’s history. 14 fundraisers took to the skies for The Big Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Skydive, among them our CEO Steven Hill.

Watch Steven’s skydive in the video below and scroll down to find out what he had to say about his big challenge.

Here’s what Steven had to say of his experience:

Having been persuaded some months ago to raise some money for our charity, I signed myself up for The Big CW Mind Skydive which took place on Sunday 20th May 2018.

I am by no means an adventurous person but it was an amazing opportunity. When do you get a chance like this to tick something off your bucket list?

I wanted to give something back, having worked for CW Mind for the past 23 years. And having a real passion for encouraging men to talk about their mental health, I decided to give half of my donations to the main charity, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and the other half to It Takes Balls to Talk, a local suicide prevention initiative which CW Mind is part of.

So the day arrived and I must say that UK Parachuting organised things extremely well, with clear briefing and an expert instructor who I jumped in tandem with.

I wasn’t nervous at all as we took to the skies, the adrenaline rush started to kick in as I was talked through the final instructions of the jump. The door of the plane opened when we reached 10,000 feet, and I think this is the point when I finally realised this is really happening.

The experience was amazing, with bright blue skies and views you can’t buy.  Though I have to say I’m not one of those people who reached terra firma and wanted to run back around and do it all over again.  But looking back I am so glad that I took on the challenge and so far have raised in excess of £1,000 to be split between these two initiatives.

Donations can still be made via this link. Or ask me for a sponsorship form if you see me around.

We had a large team of 14 people jumping on the day and we are so grateful to all of them for taking part and making this an event to remember.

To find out ways to support the work of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind or It takes Balls to Talk, please contact Jade Clarke, Business Development Lead at CW Mind, by emailing jade.clarke@cwmind.org.uk