Sixteen parachute workers from Airborne Systems Ltd, based in Bridgend and Llangeinor took part in a charity tandem sky-dive at Swansea Airport on Friday, June 19 to raising £2000 for the South Wales based charity ‘The Touch Trust’.
This was the first time that the 16 sewing machinists, office workers, engineers and parachute packers from the Bridgend based company had ever attempted a freefall parachute jump, despite being responsible for the design and manufacture of parachute systems used in the global aerospace industry.
Nick Oswald, veteran of thousands of freefall parachute and Customer Business Manager at Airborne Systems Ltd said: “I was really proud of my work colleagues ‘efforts on the day because no one had ever made a parachute jump before. I can relate to how nervous they must have felt prior to their jump. We were also very fortunate with the weather on the day. I would like to thank the professionalism of the Skydive Swansea staff for making it such a successful and action packed fund raising day for the Touch Trust’’.
The Touch Trust was set up in 1997 by Dilys Price and operates from the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. It provides unique and creative movement education, and dance programmes for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, those with complex needs and behaviour that challenges. Music, dance, movement and touch as an aid to Life Development.
Dilys said: “The employees of Airborne Systems Ltd had worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Touch Trust, and we are truly grateful for their efforts. Even though I am well into my 70s now, I
still do the odd sky-dive to raise funds for the charity and I applaud everyone who took part in this wonderful venture on behalf of our charity.
The 16 employees from Airborne Systems raised £2000 for the Touch Trust and would like to thank all their friends, family and work colleagues for their financial support. Ruth Allamby, one of the volunteers described her jump as ‘’one of the most exhilarating experiences of her life and would love to do it again’’
‘Watch this space Dilys, I think this could become an annual event for the staff at Airborne Systems Ltd’.