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Kendal CEO’s 11,000ft Drop for Charity Team

Neil Townend CancerCare CEO
Neil Townend CancerCare CEO

[A] brave Kendal boss is preparing to take a leap into the unknown in a daring skydive challenge to raise funds in honour of his charity staff team.

Neil Townsend, Chief Executive of Kendal based charity CancerCare, will complete an 11,000ft tandem parachute jump at The Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham on Sunday 9th October.

Mr Townsend said; “I’m feeling a little bit nervous as the event gets nearer, but also excited. I’ve always fancied doing a skydive. I decided to sign up because I care passionately about CancerCare, the charity I am proud to say I am the Chief Executive of. We have a great team of staff and volunteers here, who work extremely hard to ensure local cancer patients and their loved ones have the vital support they need, so doing the skydive and leading from the front, feels like the right thing to do.”

CancerCare are also calling on other firms to get involved and nominate their Chief Executive, Senior Manager or fellow staff members to book a spot on the plane alongside Mr Townsend next month.

To take part, Skydivers need to raise a minimum of £350 which includes a booking fee, charity sponsorship and a £50 deposit. And, as chosen charity of the year, The Black Knights Parachute Centre will give an additional £25 back to CancerCare from every jump booking.

For those unable to make the mass jump event in October, various dates throughout the rest of the year are also still available. Alternatively, if a fundraiser has a loved one who has always wanted to skydive they can nominate them to take their place.

CancerCare provide free services for local families affected by the impact of cancer including professional counselling, support groups and a range of complementary therapies.

With two dedicated centres, Slynedales in Lancaster and The Lakes Centre in Kendal, the unique local charity has helped over 25,000 people across North Lancashire & South Lakeland throughout its 33 year history.

Around 80% of CancerCare’s income comes directly from local community donations & fundraising events like the skydive, receiving only a very small amount of funding from the NHS every year.

To sponsor Neil visit his Just Giving page at

For more information about the skydive fundraiser please contact Helen Hartin, CancerCare Community Fundraiser on 01524 381 820 or email [email protected]

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