A team of lawyers and staff from the Birmingham office of Clarke Willmott Solicitors will be hoping to raise lots of money for their office charities for 2015 by plummeting downwards from 13,000 feet on Friday morning.

The big hearted and intrepid team of Catherine Elliott, Stacey Collins, Annette Hughes and Sundeep Sangha will be travelling over to Langar Airfield in Nottingham, before being taken up to 13,000 feet above the ground, and with the help of experienced instructors will then leave the safety of the plane and be in tandem free fall for 45 seconds, travelling at speeds around 100 miles per hour, before hopefully their parachutes will open and descending safely back to earth again.

The brave team have a variety of reasons for taking on this challenge, but all are keen to raise much needed funds to support the work of the two charities chosen by the staff at Clarke Willmott Birmingham to be their charities of the year for 2015.

The Child Brain Injury Trust is a charity which supports young people who sustain a brain injury. Every 30 minutes, a child or young person will acquire a brain injury. This could be the result of an accident, an illness such as meningitis or encephalitis, a poisoning, a stroke or a brain tumour. A brain injury has a devastating and life-long impact on the child and their whole family. Bones can mend and scars can heal but a brain injury stays with you for life and impacts on everything you think, feel and do. The Child Brain Injury Trust is the charity that supports children, young people, their families and professionals and helps them come to terms with what has happened and how to deal with the uncertainty that the future may hold. The Charity is very active in the Midlands, and has a Regional Child & Family Support Coordinator who works closely with other professionals at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and in the wider Midlands area

Penny Brohn Cancer Care have been successfully helping people with cancer for over 30 years, with our pioneering Whole Person Approach. We can show you how to live well with cancer and take back control of your health and wellbeing – before, during and after treatment. Their services are free to those in need, but they rely on donations to make sure they can continue to help those who so obviously benefit from their support.

Philip Edwards, a Partner in the Serious Injury Team at Clarke Willmott said:-

“I really am in awe of my colleagues who have decided to do such a brave and challenging event to support the Child Brain Injury Trust. I see on a daily basis the changes that a brain injury brings to an injured child and their family, and I know from seeing their work what a difference the amazing people at the Child Brain Injury Trust can make to their lives”

Catherine Elliott, a Partner in the Private Capital Team specialising in probate and trust related matters, and who is mad enough to do the jump herself said:-

“As a cancer survivor myself, I am only too aware that not everyone gets the type of support they want when dealing with diagnosis of and treatment for cancer – and this is where Penny Brohn Cancer Care can provide a solution for a lot of people coming to terms with the disease. That is why I delighted, if a little terrified, to be doing what I can to support them”

Catherine’s desire to do this exciting but scary event is obvious. Sundeep and Annette have decided to “celebrate” birthdays, turning 30 and 50 respectively in 2015, and Stacey claims just to be slightly madder than most of her colleagues and just wants to tick something else off her “bucket list”.

If you would like to sponsor the team, visit their fundraising page now.

*This article was quoted from Clarke Willmott’s Website on 03/09/2015. Original Copy can be found here.