Staff from Specsavers in Cirencester jumped at the chance to raise funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) with a skydive, despite it being postponed due to strong winds. 

Originally due to take place during National Eye Health Week (24 - 30 September), the skydive went ahead in Swindon on Sunday 7 October. Store manager Paul Dundas was joined by optical assistant Katherine Middleditch from Specsavers Cirencester as they jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet.

Incredible experience 

‘Wow. What an incredible experience. The views when parachuting back to the ground were phenomenal,’ said Paul. ‘We felt even more nervous when we found out it was postponed due to Storm Ali, although proud to say it didn’t deter us from our mission.

‘Eye health is our business and the opportunity to raise funds for the RNIB and its continued support through such an exhilarating experience was too good to miss.’

A great cause

The pair have raised £1000 to support people with sight loss and help enable them to face the future with confidence. You can still make a donation by visiting their Just Giving page, texting KMPD47 to 70070 with your donation amount or popping into store. 

Lizzi Wagner, senior challenge events manager at RNIB, said: ‘We’re delighted that Paul and Katherine took part in the Big Jump to raise money for RNIB in the year of our 150th anniversary. It was a day to remember and a thrill that I’m sure will stay with them for a long time.

‘The money that Paul and Katherine raised will enable us to continue helping people living with sight loss face the future with confidence.’

Specsavers joined forces with RNIB in 2016 to raise awareness of the importance of getting your eyes tested. RNIB aims to support people with sight loss both practically and emotionally. People fear losing sight the most out of all senses, therefore raising money to support the work of the RNIB was a great way to mark National Eye Health Week.

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