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Cathedral Charity Sky Dive (posted 13 Jan 2010)

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Picture: Tandem Sky Dive
Tandem Sky Dive

Chichester Cathedral 'Angels' to descend over Salisbury Plain this summer

Parachutes opening in the skies above might be a familiar sight to the population around Salisbury plain but this summer, they will have the privilege to witness the descent of a ‘host of angels’ from the heavens above – well, from 13,000 feet actually!

‘The Angels’ is a team of brave souls comprising Chichester Cathedral personnel along with various friends and family who have all agreed to throw themselves out of a perfectly good aeroplane for charity.     These intrepid skydivers will each be raising money for a charity of their own personal choice plus collectively, a percentage of sponsor monies raised will be donated to the cathedral’s Restoration and Development Trust for a new decorative door for the aumbry cupboard in recently restored Lady Chapel at the east end of the cathedral, near the Altar. 

The event was the idea of the cathedral’s Chapter Secretary and self confessed adrenaline junkie, Debbie Atlee, who says “Skydiving is something I have longed to do for many years and, having finally plucked up the courage to go through with it, am delighted that so many colleagues are keen to jump with me.  I feel it is important that, in addition to raising money for a worthwhile cathedral project, we each also have a personal goal for doing the jump - my own sister, just 4 years my senior, has suffered with multiple sclerosis for many years and I am looking forward to being able to send the MS Society a nice sum to help some way towards the valuable research they do to find a cure for this terrible disease.  A number of very worthwhile causes will be benefiting from our efforts so I urge all friends, family, colleagues and associates to dig deep and pledge as much as possible.”

Other members of the ‘cathedral’ team and the personal charities they will be raising money for are:
The Right Revd Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham –  charity tba
The Revd Canon Jo Gavigan, Prebendary of  Hampstead – St Richard’s Church, Maybridge
Mr Colin Kerr, Surveyor of the Fabric –  St Peter Le Poer Church, Muswell Hill
Paul Smith, Lay Vicar – Chestnut Tree House (Children’s Hospice near Arundel)
Louise Martin, Liturgy and Music Assistant –   Dogs Trust
Sonia Goldring, Cloisters Shop –  The Rowans Hospice, Waterlooville
Kelly Young and Chantelle Hammond, Cloisters Café - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Matthew Howard, Cathedral Maintenance – Rainbow Trust
Steve Wates, Cathedral Maintenance –  St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester
Amanda Sharp, Chichester Festivities – The Stroke Association Each of the above can be sponsored individually with 50% of the money they raise being donated towards the cathedral project (contact the individual concerned for their personal sponsor form details) or all the cathedral members of the team can be sponsored as a group by visiting www.sponsorformsonline.co.uk/chicathskydive.asp
or by using one of the sponsor forms available at the cathedral’s Information Desk, Cloisters Shop and in The Royal Chantry cathedral office reception, off the cloisters.   

In addition to the twelve cathedral personnel, The Angels team also currently includes a further nine friends and family members who have all agreed to donate 25% of their monies raised towards the cathedral project. 

If you are tempted by the thought of jumping from an aeroplane at 13,000 feet, additional members of the team are welcome -  please contact Debbie Atlee on (01243) 812491 or email chaptersec@chichestercathedral.org.uk – the sooner the better, to give yourself ample time to raise lots of sponsorship!   

Look out for updates and a report on the event itself in future editions of the cathedral newsletter and here in the News section of the website.

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