A team of Asda employees in Shirley took on a 10,000 ft challenge in honour of a former colleague who passed away.
The group, which includes staff members Anne-Marie Hudson, Anthony Davies, Jemma Atkiss and Rachael Marfell, took part in a skydive to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The team were inspired to take on the challenge in honour of their colleague Stephen Holder, who died earlier this year after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Throughout 2014 Asda has been working with the BHF to install defibrillators in its 609 stores, depots and offices. It has also trained 12,000 colleagues on how to use a defibrillator to improve survival rates from cardiac arrests. Anne-Marie said: “My colleagues and I really wanted to do something different to honour Stephen and raise funds to help the BHF continue their life-saving work. We felt that a skydive was a really unique challenge which would encourage lots of sponsorship. It is not every day you get to jump out of a plane!
“With the jump less than a week away we were all starting to feel nervous and I think we were starting to wonder what we
had let ourselves in for but the memory of Stephen kept us focused on our goal.
“We are determined to raise as much as possible to ensure that no other families feel a loss like Stephen’s.
“He was only 47 years old and leaves behind three beautiful children and his loving partner.
“We have already received over £3,000 in sponsorship and are hopeful that we can increase this total having completed the jump.
“It is inspiring to think that through this one activity we could have a big impact on the work the BHF does and offer hope to the many people living with heart and circulatory disease.”