Staff from the Birmingham office of law firm Irwin Mitchell have raised more than £3,500 for the Tiny Babies charity appeal through a parachute jump.
Employees from the firm took on the terrifying 10,000ft jump, at Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch, Shropshire, to raise cash for the cause to build a new neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation.
The fundraising event saw one particularly hair-raising moment when a participant’s parachute failed to deploy. Thankfully, 27-year old trainee solicitor, Cheryl Palmer-Hughes’s reserve parachute opened and she landed unharmed.
Lorna Flood, one of the organisers of the charity jump, said: “We were reassured by the experts at the airfield that it’s extremely rare for parachutes to fail. Even so, as Cheryl was in one of the first groups to jump, it was really nerve-wracking for the rest of us who had to follow her.”
Prior to the jump the Irwin Mitchell team took part in several smaller fund raising events including book and cake sales, a bag packing morning at Waitrose in Harborne, and even a sponsored dress-up day, when two members of staff bravely donned baby grow outfits and toddled around the office collecting cash for the cause.
Ms Flood added: “We are all delighted with the support we have received from colleagues and friends, especially as the money raised will support such a worthy cause in helping to build a brand new neonatal unit.”