Sprowston teachers go the extra mile – vertically!

Two brave teachers from Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School will be swapping play parachutes for the real thing next month when they take part in an annual skydive fundraiser for Leeway, a local charity which supports families who have experienced domestic abuse.
The challenge was made by new headteacher Emma Davies, and Devon Ainley and Ben Wilson jumped at the idea.
Mrs Davies, who has been assistant headteacher at Sparhawk since 2015 and took over from former headteacher Priscilla Crane in January, said: “Leeway is a local charity that deals with taboo issues and I felt raising awareness of this superb charity would help break down some of the barriers. So within my first week of becoming headteacher of Sparhawk I sent an email to all staff and asked who would be interested. You can imagine their reactions.”
But Ben and Devon were willing to take up the challenge and the whole school is now behind them in their efforts to raise £600.
“I am always proud of these two young men. They are an asset to the Sparkhawk team and we are very lucky to have them,” said Mrs Davies.
“When they both agreed to do the jump, it didn’t surprise me! That’s the type of men they are – always thinking of others and going that extra mile – only this time vertically!
“The children are all very excited and we have invited them to come and watch the event. I will be there, feet firmly on the ground, waiting for Ben and Devon to land.”
The skydive will take place on March 19 at Beccles Airfield and follows last year’s successful event, when 22 people jumped from a plane at 13,000ft to fundraise for Leeway. The charity supported more than 8,000 people suffering from domestic abuse in 2015/16 and the money raised from the skydive will help Leeway to meet increasing demand for its services.
And Devon and Ben are holding on to this thought to get them through the nerves.
Devon said: “I’m feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement. The charity does such great work for our local community and I am proud to be a part of it.
Ben added: “I’ve always had this on my bucket list, so when the opportunity came along for such a great local charity I couldn’t say no.”
Mandy Proctor, CEO of Leeway, said: “It is great to have a local school supporting us too, sending out a strong message against domestic abuse.”
Leeway is looking for more jumpers to take part in this year’s event. It’s a fun and breath-taking experience and it costs just £50 deposit to secure your place – but if you raise at least £300 of sponsorship you will get your skydive for free.
If you’re interested in signing up for the skydive, go to http://ukparachuting.co.uk/charity_event/leeway or call 01502 476131.
You can support Ben and Devon by attending their fundraising quiz night on March 3. It costs £5 per person to enter and you can have a maximum of six people per team. Speak to Sally in the school office on 01603 406406. Alternatively, you can sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/sparhawk-infants.

Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School teachers Devon Ainley (right) and Ben Wilson will be doing a skydive for domestic abuse charity Leeway in March. PICTURE: WIRELOOSE PIX PHOTOGRAPHY


Pupils at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School are excited about two of their teachers doing a charity skydive in March.

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