The skydive was organised by the Coventry Building Society as part of their partnership with ExtraCare to raise funds to support the charity’s retirement schemes in Canley (Willowbrook), Binley (Princethorpe Court), Whitley (Humber Court) and the 262-home Earlsdon Park Village near the city centre.
The eight volunteers from Coventry Building Society and ExtraCare’s head office, based in Binley raised over £4000 that will go towards health and wellbeing activities for older people living in ExtraCare’s Coventry locations.
Angela Carpenter, Head of Assurance at ExtraCare, said: “It was a privilege to have the opportunity to do the skydive. I wanted to do something that was a personal challenge as well as raising money for a fantastic charity.”
Charith Fernando, 66, an ExtraCare resident in Birmingham also took part. He said: “I took part because I wanted to help ExtraCare in all the work they do provide homes and care for older people in Coventry. It went really fast, just as I was enjoying the free fall it was over!”
Research from Aston University into the charity’s housing, care and lifestyles model showed a reduction in depressive symptoms in ExtraCare residents over an 18 month period after moving into one of their villages. The money raised from the skydive will go towards continuing to improve the lifestyle opportunities provided by the charity for older people living in its Coventry locations across Coventry.
Original source: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-building-society-raise-4000-13551009