Having set her heart on doing a skydive to raise money for the charity Whizz-Kidz, Manager of The Southern Co-operative store in Shanklin, Chris Boulton, was advised she needed to lose two stone to be able to make the jump.
“After hearing George, a Whizz-Kidz young ambassador who has received a wheelchair and help from the charity, give a truly inspiring talk at the company’s AGM, it gave me the kick up the backside to go that extra step to fundraise.
“I was then told I needed to lose weight to do this! Being told I was overweight for the sky dive was just the motivation I needed. I chucked out all the rubbish; no fizzy drinks, alcohol or snacks for three months, just proper meals and plenty of fruit. I’ve dropped two dress sizes and am sticking to it!”
Undaunted, Chris rallied three colleagues at the store, Louise Whitlock, Nikki Wilkinson and Teresa Martin to join her skydive. She added:
“Our customers are always so supportive of the fundraising we do in store; some of them didn’t believe we’d manage this as I’m terrified of heights – I’m even scared of crossing the steps on the Ryde hovercraft – but they’ve been so generous”.
A national charity with a local focus, Whizz-Kidz provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs they need to lead active and fulfilling lives. The wheelchair is just the start; Whizz-Kidz also runs youth groups, wheelchair skills training, work experience placements and residential camps.
Matt Wigginton, Head of Corporate Partnerships for Whizz-Kidz, said:
“We are incredibly grateful to Chris and the team for taking on such a daring challenge to support The Southern Co-operative’s efforts to raise vital funds for Whizz-Kidz. The funds that Chris and her team have raised through their skydive could provide a lightweight manual wheelchair for a local disabled child, giving them freedom, independence and the chance to fulfil their potential.
“With support from people like Chris and colleagues across The Southern Co-operative, we are able to reach more of the 70,000 disabled children who are waiting for a wheelchair which fits their young lives.”
If you’d like to donate to Whizz-Kidz, call into The Southern Co-operative store in Shanklin (42 Regent Street) or visit www.justgiving.com/company/southerncoop.