The energy sector is a well-trodden route for ex-service personnel. They are a valuable workforce asset because of their skills, attitude and experience.

So when the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) partnered with Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) last year, general manager Rob Bush wanted to do something standout to bring leaders together, get them out of their comfort zone and raise cash for the cause – a skydive seemed perfect!

“The energy industry employs a huge number of ex-military already and there is the potential for many more service leavers to plug the skills gap emerging as the sector grows significantly in the coming years,” said Rob.

“So it is right that we give back and support our men and women who get caught in a downward spiral, and enable them and their families to make a positive contribution once more.”

The skydivers have raised more than £8,000. Every £86 funds a one-to-one mental health session for a veteran or a family member and can help save a job, relationship, home or a life.

Team members behind Vattenfall’s Norfolk Offshore Wind Zone were among those who faced their fear of heights to plunge 13,000 feet to raise money to help services veterans get back on their feet.

Denise Hone, senior stakeholder and community engagement manager for Vattenfall’s Norfolk projects, said: “To put my fear of heights into context, when booking hotel rooms, I ask to be on a low level, you won’t catch me on roller coasters.

“On the morning, getting ready and mentally preparing myself for the jump made me reflect on the selfless and brave acts that our military personnel repeatedly do every single day.

“At the jump site, I was told of a local veteran who hadn’t left his house for five years who had recently reached out and was now being supported by Walking With The Wounded. I had a moment of doubting myself, but there was no way was I backing out when I heard that.”

Seven other energy industry sky divers from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft businesses Armultra Limited, CeraPhi Energy, North Star Renewables, Vectur Energy Services and Windcat also took part alongside representatives from EEEGR.

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