Hawkhead Centre staff's skydive raises over £1700 for Royal Blind

Posted: 05/10/2018 | Scottish War Blinded,

Two staff members from Scottish War Blinded’s Hawkhead Centre have raised an amazing £1705 for sister charity Royal Blind by taking part in a skydive.

Jacqueline Cloughtery and Angela Flood bravely took the 10,000ft leap through the clouds at Strathallen Airfield, Auchterarder to raise funds for Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity. Jacqueline and Angela get ready to take on the skydive

The daring pair met while working for Scottish War Blinded, at the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley.

And it was the first time that either of them have taken part in a skydive.

Jacqueline, 43, from Beith, said: “It was such an amazing experience! I went from feeling extremely nervous to wanting to take skydiving up as a hobby.

Angela and Jacqueline pictured soaring through the sky on their skydive

“We had so much fun on the day, there was laughter, singing and a great support from family and friends”.

“I wanted to raise money for Royal Blind because it’s an amazing charity who do great work to support blind and partially sighted people, from children at the Royal Blind School to their care homes for older people in Edinburgh and Paisley.Jacqueline and Angela show off their certificates after completing the skydive

“Working at the Hawkhead Centre, I know how much that support means to people with vision impairment of all ages. All of the members are ex-servicemen and women and they have been very encouraging.” 

Angela, aged 49, from Glasgow, added: “It was such an exhilarating, yet scary experience!

“I was very thankful for having the chance to fulfil one of my ambitions, as well as raising money for such a worthy charity. The support from family and friends on the day was tremendous."

As the Hawkhead Centre marks a year since it opened, birthday celebrations are also in order for Royal Blind’s Jenny’s Well in Paisley – a new care home for vision impaired older people – which opened in October 2017, and is situated next to the Hawkhead Centre on Hawkhead Road.

Senior Fundraiser, Kirsty Smith, said: “We’re so grateful to Jacqueline and Angela for taking on such a daring challenge to raise money for Royal Blind.

“We know that without the help of our supporters we could not continue to support, educate and employ people across Scotland so I would like to sincerely thank them for their generous donation.”