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Skydive a big success for UKATA staff

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Skydive a big success for UKATA staff

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is celebrating a highly successful charity skydive by two members of staff. General Manager Craig Evans and Social Media & Marketing Assistant Sasha Brailsford completed their dive from 13,500 feet at Langar airfield in Nottinghamshire on Saturday 28 May raising over £1,000 for the British Lung Foundation in the process.

“I’m pleased to say the skydive went really well,” says Craig Evans. “Although I’ve done several now, the thrill-factor has not reduced, and I’m glad that Sasha enjoyed her first skydive. The most important thing though is the money that we have raised for the British Lung Foundation, whose work continues to support many people across the UK, including the victims of asbestos.”

With £1,190 already raised, the pair are well on their way to their target of £2000. Anyone who wishes to help Craig and Sasha can do so by visiting their JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/UKATA-Official1. If UK taxpayers GiftAid their donation, it makes a big difference and ensures that the British Lung Foundation receives the maximum amount possible.

“I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sponsored us so far. Everyone from the office team to UKATA members have been brilliant in supporting us with donations and I know that the team at the British Lung Foundation are really grateful. Reaching our target will make a really big difference for the charity and seriously improve people’s lives. We are now reaching out to the public, and asking anyone who can help, to do just that. I know it’s a cliché, but every penny really does help,” added Craig.

The skydive is the continuation of a positive relationship between UKATA and the British Lung Foundation. UKATA have already raised over £3000 from previous ventures, and have a commitment to donate 2p raised from every UKATA training certificate to the British Lung Foundation to assist with research and further projects.

“The British Lung Foundation is one of only a few charities in the country looking after our lungs, and the research and projects they carry out are invaluable,” added Craig. “What I find particularly impressive is the way their work focuses on both support and research, meaning they are tackling the problem from both sides. UKATA has supported the work of the British Lung Foundation for quite a while now.

Given the links between asbestos and mesothelioma, it’s a natural fit and we will continue to do everything we can to help the charity.”

The full video of the UKATA skydive is now available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Xve8_NW1Q

UKATA members provide training on asbestos safety, delivering the highest standard of asbestos training in the UK.

Media Enquiries:
Victoria Castelluccio, Marketing Officer
victoria.castelluccio@ukata.org.uk
01246 824437