Brave skydivers raise thousands of pounds for Leeway domestic abuse charity

From left, Rhys Lloyd, Sara Shorten, Amy Fenn, Leone Lynn, Patrick Draper and KimTurner who took par

From left, Rhys Lloyd, Sara Shorten, Amy Fenn, Leone Lynn, Patrick Draper and KimTurner who took part in the Leeway charity skydive. Picture: LEEWAY - Credit: LEEWAY

Thrill-seekers raised over £6,000 for a domestic abuse support charity after completing a 13,000 feet skydive.

Some 10 people took part in the fundraiser for Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services at Beccles Airfield.

The money raised will go towards providing support to those in need of Leeway's help.

In the past year there has been a 27pc increase in referrals to the charity.

Throughout 2016, Leeway helped over 8,500 adults, children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney who experienced domestic abuse.

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One of the fundraisers was Rhys Lloyd, Leeway's media and PR officer.

Mr Lloyd said: 'It was a brilliant and breath-taking experience. The views from high up in the sky were sensational and we were able to see a lot of the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside. It was fantastic to raise money for Leeway in the process, supporting the great work they do across the county for people experiencing domestic abuse.'

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Mandy Proctor, chief executive officer of Leeway, said: 'Thank you to everybody that took part as it is really important that we hold events like this as funds raised enable us to provide a high-quality service to those experiencing domestic abuse.

'As well as helping us raise money to enhance Leeway services for victims, it also helps to raise awareness of domestic abuse issues and the affect it can have on people's lives. It is vital that people know where to access advice and support, should they need it.'

Leeway was established in Norfolk in 1974 and now provides a range of services for adults and children experiencing domestic abuse across Norfolk and Suffolk.

These include a 24-hour telephone helpline; emergency refuge accommodation for women and children; advocacy support; community-based outreach services; male victim support; independent sexual violence advisors; an adolescent to parent abuse service; specialist services for children and young people; and training and consultancy.

The charity is holding another fundraising skydive at Beccles Airfield on Sunday, September 24.

If you would like to take part contact Leeway at or call 0300 5610077.

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