Are you brave enough to jump out of a plane for charity?
- Credit: Ellie Parfitt
Are you brave enough to jump out of plane? To fall from 3000ft above the clouds, before floating down to the Earth in minutes?
The Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA) is looking for jumpers to take part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for their services.
The NDA is marking the start of Deaf Awareness Week 2017 with the jump on Sunday, May 14 at Ellough Airfield in Beccles.
Already taking part in the jump is Norfolk deaf blogger Ellie Parfitt, also known online as deafie blogger.
The 20-year-old partially deaf writer said: 'I am passionate about deaf awareness, deaf culture and issues around it and have been ever since I started blogging, and becoming involved in the deaf community.
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'I've always wanted to do some fundraising for a deaf charity. The opportunity arose for me to do this tandem skydive for NDA, and I feel the funds raised will allow the charity to provide valuable support to those with hearing loss across Norfolk.'
The Norwich-based NDA offers services to young people and adults with hearing loss. Services include hearing aid maintenance, advice on listening technology and offering support.
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The charity has seen an increase of 70pc in people they support, rising from 5,528 in April 2015 to 8,642 as of March 2017.
Chief executive Aliona Derrett said: 'Initiatives like the Parachute Jump are very important in helping secure funding for our work. We need more people to come forward and take part in the Parachute Jump, or just come along on the day and support the tandem jumpers.
'Because of the growth in demand, we are also very keen to recruit more volunteers to assist with our Hearing Support and Befriending Services.'
More than 11m adults and 45,000 children in the UK are affected by hearing loss.
For more information about the tandem parachute jump or to volunteer contact NDA on 01603 404440 or visit www.norfolkdeaf.org.uk.
A fundrasing has been created to support the jumpers, which can be found at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ndaparachutejump