One of our brave Skydivers is our own Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Emma Tucker. She shares her thoughts on signing up for something she never thought she would do!
I’m really not an adrenaline junkie. I’m a quiet person who likes to read, curl up in bed or by the fire, walk my dog and eat delicious food. That would seriously be my ideal day. But a couple of months ago I decided I was going to do a sponsored skydive for the charity I work for – the Carers’ Centre.
I had considered the skydive the morning we started to look into it as a fundraising initiative, and already discarded the idea by lunch. But a couple of months later as the excitement began to build and we had a few willing participants, I suddenly decided I was just going to DO IT.
There was a couple of weeks where I had said I was going to do it but hadn’t taken any action – I hadn’t signed the forms or purchased my insurance (eek!!) and there was a moment there when I thought I was all talk and no action. But when have I been one to say no to new experiences?! Introverted as I may be, I went to France for four weeks at sixteen with my school, got a black belt in Karate by grade 12 and lived in the States for a year at nineteen. I think I can do a little parachute jump from 10,000 feet.
So I signed up and started fundraising! I have been honestly taken aback by people’s generosity – every time I fundraise I am always moved by people’s kindness (as corny as that sounds) who just give their own hard-earned money to a cause that they may only know about through me.
A bit about the cause – I work for the Carers’ Centre in Bath, UK. Before I started working here I didn’t really spare a thought for ‘carers’ – when I thought of people living with disability or mental health issues I assumed that they would have nurses or paid caregivers to help them. But honestly, this is rarely the case. Most people who have additional needs are cared for by their loved ones – their parents, siblings, children or spouses. These carers do an enormous amount because they love that person and wouldn’t dream of not helping them.
Now that I know about carers and how many of them there are – almost everyone knows someone who cares for someone else – I feel like we must to more to help support these people in our community and give them the strength to continue. Because sometimes – often, even – it is exhausting. You’re on your own, perhaps you can’t even leave the person you look after for a minute. Normal every day actions like taking a bath, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea take huge amounts of planning and scheduling.
So that’s how I ended up here, jumping out of a plane in 49 days. Not that I’m counting. I’m almost half way to my fundraising goal of 500 pounds, so if you would like to support me, you can donate here. The funds will go direct to the Carers’ Centre, and will help all of the team there continue to do vital work with carers in our community, from picking up the phone when they need to talk to organising care cover and breaks so they can have time to themselves.
Thanks for reading! Emma x