Stacey Weir and Lauren Graham participated in a spine-chilling tandem skydive on Saturday 29 April to raise funds and awareness for SOBS Cumbria. The pair jumped in memory of Stacey’s dad, John, whom she lost to suicide in 2014.
They loved the dive. “It was brilliant. I was actually really calm and I couldn’t wait to get up in the air. The scary part was hanging out of the plane just before you jump; after that, it was just an adrenaline rush.” Stacey recalled.
“When I landed, I felt glad to be alive,” she joked. “I loved it! Lauren was terrified, but she said it’s the best experience she’s had in her life. We both really want to do it again, it was amazing.”
Each year, more than 6,000 people take their own lives across the UK: SOBS is a national charity which works to provide emotional support to those who have been left behind. SOBS Cumbria support groups meet once a month, with groups in North, South and West Cumbria. They also have a local 24/7 helpline.
“I’m buzzing about the money we’ve raised and I’m over the moon that I’ve done the dive. My family and friends are over the moon! SOBS is such a good charity and I’m glad to have raised some money and awareness for them.”
Stacey says she will not stop there in her quest for adventure. In the future, she plans to participate in adrenaline-filled activities, such as zip lining and bungee jumping.
Support Lauren and Stacey
They have raised over £1,560 so far; although the dive is over, anyone is welcome to donate. If you’d like to support their fundraising campaign, visit their BT MyDonate donation page. Alternatively, you can donate via JustTextGiving by texting SOBS00 to 70070 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. SOBS00 £10). Donations to JustTextGiving start at £10. Alternatively, you can choose a different method of donation here.
Support for those bereaved by suicide
If you are struggling with the death of someone who has taken their own life and need someone to listen to your experience and offer you support, please do get in touch. You can call the SOBS Cumbria 24/7 helpline on 07572 975 721 (John) or 07896 703 757 (Karan). You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit us on Facebook and Twitter at @SOBSCumbria.