Charlie Strube has been working for national learning disability charity Hft for fifteen years and manages three supported living and residential services locally. The 39-year-old was inspired to take on the challenge by her staff team, who provided invaluable support when Charlie’s husband passed away last year after a three year battle with cancer. Aiming to recognise the achievements of Hft support workers and raise money for people supported at the services she manages, the thrill-seeker completed her challenge on Sunday 20 September.
After travelling to Peterborough, Charlie was flown by plane to a height of 12,500 feet, after which she took the plunge and experienced up to 50 seconds of free-fall at 120 miles per hour before opening up their parachutes.
The charity worker has raised over £600, with all funds raised set to go towards local services in Hertfordshire and Essex, which support over 50 adults with learning disabilities and employ over 100 members of staff.
Charlie said: “I love my job, my team and the people I support. I was inspired to take on this challenge after a really hard time last year. I lost my husband and was faced with raising two young children alone. The support I received from my team at the time was amazing and they helped me get myself back together during the most difficult time of my life so I wanted to do something to recognise how incredible they are. Life is short and I want to grab every opportunity that comes my way. Taking part in the skydive was brilliant and such a thrill, and I’m so excited to put the money raised towards supporting people at my services to live the best life possible.”
Emma Macdonald, Hft’s Sporting and Challenge Events Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Charlie went the extra mile to take on the Jump for Hft Heroes challenge. Her efforts will make a huge difference to the lives of adults supported in Hertfordshire and Essex.
“With the support of generous people raising money for Hft across the country, we’ve been able to provide care for some of the most vulnerable people in society during the Coronavirus pandemic. A £10 donation could purchase shop vouchers for supplies such as food and hand gels, while £50 could help us be there for even more families through our Family Carer Support Service. We’re so grateful for all support sent our way.”
To find out more about taking on a fundraising challenge for Hft, visit: www.hft.org.uk/fundraising