Specsavers Cheltenham has helped a team of local daredevils raise thousands of pounds for charity.

A team of nine staff and visitors from the cancer care charity Maggie’s Cheltenham plummeted 10,000 feet in tandem charity sky dives on Sunday 21 September. Staff at Specsavers Cheltenham jumped at the chance to match their fundraising and with the total amount finally confirmed, the store has helped Maggie’s raise £2,730.

Melanie Brackstone, store director at Specsavers in Cheltenham, said: ‘Maggie’s Cheltenham provides a phenomenal amount of support for those who have had, or are currently having, treatment for cancer, as well as their family and friends. 

‘A good friend of mine who works at Maggie’s told me she was taking part in the skydive, so we happily offered to match what they raise. Hopefully the money will help the centre to continue their great work and we wish them the very best with future fundraising.’

Samantha Richards, cancer support specialist at Maggie’s Cheltenham, said: ‘I have worked at Maggie’s for a couple of years, but this is the first time we’ve done anything like this. With the help of Specsavers in Cheltenham, we can continue to offer free, practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends across the town and beyond.’

Anna Mason, centre fundraiser at Maggie’s Cheltenham, said: ‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who took part in the skydive, as well as Specsavers Cheltenham for their incredible match funding for all our jumpers.’

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