Sky divers’ big leap for Benjamin Foundation

Donna Warnock and Stacey Clark from Thetford completed a sky dive to raise money for Meet Up in Thet

Donna Warnock and Stacey Clark from Thetford completed a sky dive to raise money for Meet Up in Thetford and Walmington Court Youth Hostel, both managed by the Benjamin Foundation. Courtesy of Donna Warnock - Credit: Archant

Two youth hostel workers took a leap of faith for a Norfolk charity close to both their hearts.

Donna Warnock, 36, and Stacey Clark, 28, completed a sky dive in aid of two facilities run by the Benjamin Foundation – and have together raised around £1,500.

The support workers at Walmington Court Youth Hostel in Thetford took the 10,000ft jump with UK Parachuting at Beccles Airfield on June 25.

In just four weeks they smashed their £1,000 online fundraising target, and have amassed around £400 in other donations.

They've decided to split the money between the Walmington Court hostel, to take the residents on a trip to activity centre Kingswood in London next month, and Meet Up on the Redcastle Furze estate, which is currently fundraising to complete £30,000 of building repairs.

Ms Warnock, a member of the Redcastle Action Group, said: 'I think the money for Meet Up will go towards their repairs. Without them we wouldn't have a building. We're able to use the family school's grounds, but Meet Up helps us with other facilities.

'With the action group, when we do big events any money we raise is split with Meet Up.'

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As well as their sky dive, Ms Warnock and Ms Clark raised just over £50 at a table top sale at the youth hostel and had help towards their total from the King's Head pub in Thetford, and the shop in Cannons Walk, which put a collection tin on the counter.

Ms Warnock said: 'The sky dive was amazing. In the lead up to it I was fine and Stacey were worrying, and then on the day I was nervous and she was fine.'

She added that for her next charity challenge, she'd like to do a aerial wing walk.

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