Beau decided to support the charity having recently lost his own grandparents and seeing how important it was for them to be surrounded by family in their final years. Realising that not all older people are as fortunate as his grandparents he decided to raise money for Friends of the Elderly, which supports older people through a range of services from befriending to grants.
Commenting on the skydive, Beau Strong said: “I knew I wanted to do something to raise money for Friends of the Elderly and a skydive has always been on my bucket list, so I thought I would go for it! The jump itself was absolutely terrifying but at the same time one of the best things I’ve ever done. The experience was made even better by knowing I was doing it for such a fantastic cause.”
Beau’s employer, Montpelier Lloyds, named Friends of the Elderly as its charity of the year for 2015 and has been encouraging team members to consider the charity for individual fundraising efforts.
Jo O’Boyle, Director of Engagement at Friends of the Elderly, commended Beau: “We are so grateful to Beau for such an amazing achievement – being daring enough to do the jump in the first place and raising such a fantastic amount for our work. Over 1 million older people in the UK are living with the effects of loneliness every day – thanks to Beau’s fundraising we can reach out and be a friend to more older people who are desperate for company.”