High-Flying Legal Eagles Jump For Charity

Tiny Babies Charity Appeal

27.05.2010

High-Flying Legal Eagles Jump For Charity

Staff from the Birmingham office of national law firm, Irwin Mitchell, recently took a leap of faith by taking part in a parachute jump in support of a well deserving children's charity, the Tiny Babies charity appeal.

The daring eleven-strong team braved the terrifying 10,000 ft jump, which took place at Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch, Shropshire and in doing so have raised more than  £3,500 for the Tiny Babies charity appeal.

The fundraising event saw one particularly hair-raising moment when a participant's parachute failed to deploy. Thankfully, 27 year old trainee solicitor, Cheryl Palmer-Hughes' reserve parachute opened and she landed unharmed.

Lorna Flood, one of the organisers of the charity jump, said: "We were reassured by the experts at the airfield that it’s extremely rare for parachutes to fail. Even so, as Cheryl was in one of the first groups to jump, it was really nerve-wracking for the rest of us who had to follow her!"

Prior to the jump the Irwin Mitchell team took part in several smaller fund raising events including book and cake sales, a bag packing morning at Waitrose in Harborne, and even a sponsored dress-up day, when two members of staff bravely donned 'baby-gro' outfits and toddled around the office collecting cash for the cause.

Lorna added: "We are all delighted with the support we have received from colleagues and friends, especially as the money raised will support such a worthy cause in helping to build a brand new Neonatal Unit at Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust."