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Marc, Rachel and Sophie raise £1,000 for charity

THREE MEMBERS of our staff who are petrified of heights took part in a charity skydive last weekend (April 18 and 19, 2015) and raised £1,000.

Marc Jeavons, who works at our Mercia Road branch in Gloucester, jumped from a plane on Saturday, April 18 and Sophie Truscott and Rachel Perry from our Pennywell Road dealership in Bristol took part on Sunday, April 19 all in aid of two charities.

Service Advisor, Sophie, who is 27 and lives in Southmead, explained: “We were all very nervous about the skydive but it was amazing. It was a great way to help us conquer our fear of heights, while also raising money for our dealership’s Charity of the Year at the same time.

“Rachel and I raised money for Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Marc jumped in aid of The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC).”

Penny Brohn Cancer Care has been helping people living with cancer and their supporters since 1980. Its ‘whole-person’ approach combines physical and emotional support designed to help sufferers live well with the impact of cancer at any stage of the illness.

LINC supports patients and their families affected by leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. They are a relatively small charity, which aim to provide financial and psychological support to leukaemia and other cancer patients and their families in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and south Worcestershire.

Thirty-seven-year-old Rachel from Barton Hill, who is the Service Manager at the Pennywell dealership, said: “Penny Brohn Cancer Care do such a great job supporting local people and their families at such a difficult time. We’re delighted we could do something to help its cause.

“To add to our fundraising efforts on the Friday before our skydive our colleagues at the dealership raised money for the charity by hosting a Purple for Penny Day. Staff members dressed up in purple and made a donation to the charity.”

Sophie and Rachel did a tandem jump at Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury with an experienced British Parachute Association Instructor and Marc did his jump at Swindon Airfield. They free fell from 10,000 feet at 120 miles per hour for about 55 seconds.

Digital Sales Executive, Marc, who is 36 and lives in Churchdown, explained: “LINC is a fantastic charity and does such vital work supporting local people. I am delighted that I could do something to raise much needed funds for them.”

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Photograph caption one: (From left to right) Skydive Instructor, Andy Clark and Marc Jeavons, Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages.

Photograph caption two: (From left to right) Sophie Truscott, Service Advisor at Wessex Garages and Rachel Perry, Service Manager at the company, after their skydive for Penny Brohn Cancer Care.