04/07/2012

Daring skydive nets £2,000 for Catermasters' charities

A team of daredevil employees at Catermasters have raised more than £2,000 for the company's nominated 2012 charities after completing a skydive from 10,000 feet.

Keith Dawe (senior operations manager) joined Scott Eyres, Tommy McCarthy and Dani Sequira (all part of the catering team at Catermasters' 3 Mobile site in Slough) in performing a tandem skydive above Salisbury in Wiltshire.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do and the fact that me and the other guys agreed that we would raise some money off the back of it for our charities was the thing that finally drove us to sign up," explained Dawe. "It was all over in about four minutes and much of it was a complete blur. But what I can remember was an adrenaline rush like I've never experienced before."

With the skydive now complete, Dawe has donated the £698.75 that he raised to Oxfam, while the remaining £1,500 that was raised by Eyres, McCarthy and Sequira will be split between Catermasters' other nominated charities for 2012: British Red Cross, the RSPCA, the NSPCC and Sir Michael Sobell House (a palliative care hospice in Oxford).

Aileen Peverell of Oxfam thanked Dawe and Catermasters for their fundraising efforts and support. She said: "We're extremely grateful to Keith and Catermasters for this generous donation to Oxfam. Every penny that is raised is used to improve the lives of those that are less fortunate than we are.

"The figure that's been donated off the back of this exhilarating skydive is more than enough to build a farmyard, train a farmer and provide safe drinking water for 10 people in a country like Zimbabwe which is terrific."

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