Trust CEO and Chair to skydive to raise money for charities

The chief executive of St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust is set to jump 10,000 feet from an aeroplane to raise money for charity – despite being terrified of heights.

Sean McClafferty is hoping to raise £1,000 for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, one of the Trust’s nominated charities.

Taking on the same daring challenge will be Trust Chair Jacqueline Rodden, who will be raising money for another of the Trust’s nominated charities, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Both are set to complete their jumps on Sunday, October 13th at Langar Airfield, near Nottingham, and are keen to raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities.

He said: “I am absolutely terrified of heights. I can’t even climb up a ladder to put the Christmas lights up so this is a really big thing for me.

“Obviously the Trust is supporting Rainbows for the next two years and so many people are getting involved by doing amazing things. So I wanted to do something that I know will be a challenge to me and support such a wonderful charity.

“Three years ago I lost my wife to cancer and when she was really poorly, she did a fundraising skydive. I thought to myself that if she could do it when she was going through chemotherapy, then I can do it. I would like to thank everyone who is supporting me.”

Jacqueline said: “It is a privilege to support the work at Bluebell Wood. The people who work there, as well as the huge number of volunteers who support them, reflect in their work some of the core values of our Trust caring for people at vulnerable times in their lives. Choosing them as our charity partners was an easy decision for us to make.”

Rainbows, in Loughborough, cares for babies, children and young people with life-limited illnesses, including those from Derbyshire.

Bluebell Wood also cares for seriously ill children and young people across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire.

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