Willow blog

The sky’s the limit for fundraising teens

April 5, 2016

A group of Hertfordshire fundraisers has taken the plunge for Willow. The intrepid teenagers leapt from the 125ft high Bodyflight Tower at Twinwoods Adventure in Bedford during a simulated BASE jump on Saturday 26 March.

The seven teens are participating in National Citizen Service (NCS) which incorporates a fun-filled mix of outdoor activities, practical and employability skills training and community initiatives to help improve the lives of others.

Emma Burgess, 17 and from Puckeridge, is one of the seven members of the NCS team who made the jump. Bodyflight Vertigo is one of the tallest power fan descenders in the UK and allows daredevil jumpers the thrill of freefalling from a building but in complete safety.

“It was terrifying, but we all got such a sense of achievement,” said Emma. “I’ve had great fun and gained so much from participating in NCS that it was only right to challenge myself for such a good cause. We all really connected with some of the stories and experiences Willow shared with us and wanted to find a unique way to raise money.”

NCS is delivered regionally across Hertfordshire by employability and skills specialists Ingeus in partnership with the Stevenage Football Club Foundation. In addition to the Bodyflight Vertigo jump, the NCS team has undertaken fundraising activities at Stevenage FC matches and at their own schools and colleges. They have raised in excess of £300 to date.