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Charity skydives to combat loneliness in the disabled community

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A charity is inviting people to jump out of a plane to combat loneliness in the disabled community.

The ‘leap of kindness’ fundraiser was launched by Hft after their ‘Lockdown on Loneliness' study revealed more than a third of disabled people [36%] felt lonely almost always or all the time.

One in three people who participated in the survey said they rarely mix in social environments, 33% said they feel disconnected from local communities. The results highlight disabled people felt isolated before the pandemic and not a consequence of it.

Hft’s has opened its registration process for anyone wishing to do a skydive raising awareness of the loneliness which can affect disabled people.

Jumps will take place throughout September at 20 sites across England and Wales organised by Hft and Skyline.

Hft’s Community Fundraising Manager, Emma Macdonald, said: “We know it’s a big decision to take on a new challenge, but you won’t regret signing up!

“Once you’ve registered, we’ll get straight back to you with the biggest welcome and all the fundraising advice you need to fully enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime experience, along with all the support you could ever want for an adventure you’ll never forget.”

Chloe Payne, Hft’s Events Officer, said: “We’re ready to answer any of your questions, and support you all as part of the Leap of Kindness Skydive Team.

“No one should have to feel alone, so thank you so much in advance for supporting this absolutely vital cause.”

All budding jumpers will be asked to raise at least £415, which covers the skydive costs and funding for the appeal.

[ To register for a skydive visit the Hft’s GoFundMe page ]

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