Rhia Mclean, office manager at A1 Comms, completed a sky dive to raise money for A1 Comms

Office manager completes 14,000ft fundraising skydive in aid of Alfreton Park School

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Fri 23rd June 2023

An office manager has completed a 14,000ft skydive to raise money for Alfreton Park School.

Rhia Mclean, who works at A1 Comms, faced her fear of heights and took to the skies for the challenge on Friday, June 16.

The skydive took place at Langar Airfield, in Nottingham.

Rhia and her instructor, Joe, flew to around 14,000 feet before taking a leap, freefalling for 7,000 feet and reaching terminal velocity at 120mph. At his point, Joe opened the parachute and the pair glided down to earth for the final 7,000 feet.

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After completing the challenge, Rhia said: “I was extremely nervous, as taking on something like this was a big deal for me, but I wanted to prove to myself that I can do anything.

“I would highly recommend it to anyone, and who knows, next year I might do something even more terrifying.”

Rhia completed the skydive as part of A1 Comms’ commitment to supporting Alfreton Park School, which is for children aged two to 19 with a range of special educational needs and disabilities.

The company has pledged to provide work experience for older students and to help with fundraising to support with the school’s Deer Shed Cafe project.

The school wants to open a cafe and shop on the site of a former deer shed on Alfreton Park.

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Once open, it will provide valuable work experience opportunities to young people with learning difficulties, but the school needs to raise £250,000 to be able to build it.

Rhia’s skydive challenge raised more than £1,000 in a week, bringing the company’s fundraising total so far to more than £6,000.

Earlier in the same week, on Monday, June 12, a team of A1 Comms staff completed a 72-hole golfing challenge in just one day to raise money for the school.

Another employee – affiliate executive Ellie Yates – is organising a series of fundraising raffles.

Prizes up for grabs include a signed Anthony Elanga picture, a signed Mary Earps photo and a Chesterfield FC shirt signed by player Joe Quigley.

You can find out more about the raffles here.

You can find out more about the Deer Shed Cafe project here.