Two members of staff from Specsavers Fleet have gone to dizzy new heights and completed a skydive to raise precious funds for Diabetes UK.
On Sunday 29 June, Casper and James descended more than 14,000 feet in aid of the charity. In support of the two brave skydivers, Specsavers store staff fundraised throughout June and helped James and Casper to raise £1,000.
14,000 feet descent
Amish Patel, Store Director at Specsavers in Fleet, says: ‘The level of support and generosity that James and Casper have received from our customers has been overwhelming. They were more scared of letting them down by not going through with it than they were of jumping out of the plane itself!
Diabetes the leading cause of blindness
‘Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the UK’s working-age population. People with diabetes are 10 to 20 times more likely to go blind, due to a condition known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes UK is a cause that is very close to their hearts and they have been actively involved in all of our previous fundraising on the charity’s behalf.’
2.9 million people affected
Collectively Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes affect 2.9million people in the UK. If left undetected or not managed effectively, diabetes can lead to devastating complications, including blindness. Sufferers can remain undiagnosed for up to 10 years, meaning people risk of developing a complication by the time the condition is diagnosed.