Two North Devon-based employees at RGB Building Supplies completed a charity skydive and raised over £900 for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.
Kevin Furse, a Sales Assistant at RGB’s South Molton branch, and Jacob Jordan, an IT Support Technician at RGB’s Head Office in Barnstaple, were chosen by RGB following a call out inviting daredevil team members to put themselves forward.
Both took to the sky on 15 June at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton and leaped from the plane with an experienced instructor at 15,000 ft. They freefell for 8,000 ft. before the parachute opened and they glided to the ground.
As a member of the Exeter Chiefs Foundation XV programme, RGB had pledged to raise £1,500 during the year. The money raised by Furse and Jordan has ensured this total has been exceeded. The foundation supports charities and organisations across the region and, since its launch in 2011, has raised in excess of £1 million and helped over 80 projects.
Furse said: “I’ve always wanted to complete a skydive and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was amazing and now I really want to go on to complete the Accelerated Freefall Skydive Course so I can jump on my own.
“We’re delighted to have raised so much money for a great charity and we’d both like to thank everyone who donated.”
Jordan added: “I was a bit nervous when sat on the edge of the plane waiting to jump, but I loved it. The freefall felt more like floating than falling, and it’s definitely something I’d like to do again.
“In addition to thanking everyone who donated, Kevin and I would also like to thank RGB for giving us the opportunity and covering the cost of the skydive.”
Donations can still be made by visiting RGB’s South Molton branch to say well done to Kevin, or by visiting Jacob’s Just Giving page - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jacob-jordan-rgb.