A team from the Nags Head in Urmston, part of the award-winning Craft Union Pub Company, have raised over £6,000 for a local cause by organising a skydive.
The money was raised through a Local Giving online page and collecting money at the bar. The significant total will be going the Riff Raff Society- a local organisation who provide community support and funding for those in need- and in particular, towards an ongoing fundraising effort that is close to the community’s heart.
The money will contribute to sending a local woman, who is suffering with a rare genetic deficiency, abroad for a lifesaving brain stem cell treatment.
The skydive took place on 23rd August 2020 after the original February date was delayed firstly due to bad weather and then Covid-19. The skydiving group was made up of Matt Hoskins who is one of the operator- duo, his barmaid Roxy Readett and twelve customers.
Taking place at a local centre in Cockerham, each took it in turns to jump and skydived 15,000 feet. The team had t-shirts printed for the divers with both the Nags Head and Riff Raff logos as well as a picture of the local woman.
Explaining how the idea for participating in a fundraising skydive came about, Matthew Hoskins, operator of The Nags Head, said: “We’ve been running the pub for just over 12 months and local fundraising efforts for this cause have been ongoing. When we heard about this woman’s need for urgent treatment we wanted to get involved and decided to join Riff Raff on the skydive to raise money. We’re happy it still went ahead despite the unforeseen delays. We’ve got a charity day at the pub planned as well, which will go ahead when more restrictions are relaxed.”
The team’s winning combination of great community spirit and daring bravery has produce an amazing achievement and fundraising total.
If you would like to donate to the Riff Raff Society and their work, please follow the link: https://localgiving.org/charity/theriffraffsociety/