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Michelin Chef Overcomes Fears for Local Charity

Team QAC celebrate after their charity sky dive

Team QAC celebrate after their charity sky dive

Harborne based charity Queen Alexandra College recently held their annual skydive, with seven daredevil jumpers taking to the skies at Hinton Airfield in Banbury. Nerves and excitement were abound as ‘Team QAC’ prepared themselves for the ascent to 13,000 feet before taking a leap and free falling through the skies to raise much needed funds for their college which provides challenging learning opportunities for people with a visual impairment and/or other disabilities to realise their potential to work and live independently.

Amongst those taking part this year were staff, a student’s parent and Chef Richard Turner, of Turners Michelin Restaurant in Harborne. Earlier this year Richard visited the college to open their onsite café, and was inspired by what he saw, saying “QAC is an amazing place where students can develop new skills and have fun along the way.”

Despite being petrified of heights, Richard was up for the skydive challenge, with customers at the restaurant getting behind him to raise sponsorship ” I am terrified of heights. I cant even go in the Bull Ring without having dizzy spells so I signed up with apprehension – but it really is a worthy cause. So following an indoor practice a few weeks earlier in an air tunnel, I pressed on, and was surprised and relieved to say that I really enjoyed the sky dive. It really does give a new perspective on life, and was slightly humbling. I must admit returning for service that night did quite literally bring me back down to earth” Richard added ” I would just like to thank all my customers and suppliers who kindly contributed funds over recent weeks to QAC and I look forward to passing them on to this worthy cause”

QAC college hosts their annual skydive each September and this year’s daredevil jumpers were raising money towards the College’s campaign to build an onsite sports hall at their Harborne site.

Joining Richard was Bärbel McCloskey, parent of a student at QAC. For Bärbel, taking part in the jump showed her support of the college and its plans for an onsite sports hall. She commented after the jump that “the support and generosity I’ve received has brought the realisation of the much needed sports hall for my son’s college a huge step closer”.

Despite the wet weather running up to the event blue skies prevailed and everyone took to the skies as planned, raising over £2,000 in the process. Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even those whose nerves were tested and said they wanted to do it again and would recommend to anyone.

Team QAC gets involved in a range of sponsored events and challenges throughout the year, so if you would like to get involved and support the college please contact Sarah Caldwell on 0121 428 5064 for more information. More on QAC here http://www.qac.ac.uk/college.htm

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