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Thrill-seekers take the plunge for scholarship fund

A team of adrenalin junkies from York St John University have taken part in a tandem skydive fundraiser to raise valuable funds for SPARK (Securing Potential and Releasing Knowledge), the University’s scholarship fund.

Staff, students, alumni and friends gathered at Hibaldstow Airfield in Brigg, North Lincolnshire to take the plunge on Saturday 30 July. A total of twenty four people did the jump from 15,000 feet helping to raise more than £2,000 for SPARK. All landed safely after an exhilarating minute of freefall before the parachute opened.

Brett Arnall, Alumni Development Manager at York St John University said:

“The events to raise money for SPARK are becoming very diverse and more of our staff, students and alumni are taking the initiative to raise valuable funds to support students at York St John.”

He added:

“Those taking part raised funds by really stepping out of their comfort zone and there is already a growing waiting list of people wanting to do the event again next year! Thanks to Hannah Spring and Kerry Sorby in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences for organising the event, those who took part and everyone who sponsored participants.”

Since its launch in 2005, over £200,000 has been raised for SPARK through a variety of fundraising initiatives. In addition SPARK has supported more than 150 students from a wide variety of backgrounds to study academic and professional programmes across the University.

Picture shows: Staff from York St John University preparing for the skydive: (left to right) Kirstin Thompson (Student Funding Adviser), Emma Wilkins (Director of HR), Daniel Ridsdale (Students’ Union Vice President Education and Welfare), Helen Woodall (Senior Admin Officer)

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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