Skydiving Against Stigma 1 May 2021
Saturday 1 May 2021 was a beautiful, bright day and 6 wonderful people travelled from various parts of the UK to go #skydivingagainststigma for SOS at Hinton Airfield in Brackley, Northamptonshire
Our co-founder Michael lost his daughter Anna to suicide 6 years ago on 1 May and Anna is one reason SOS for formed. We were all #RememberingAnna alongside Michael on the day.
But it had a personal meaning for all those skydiving for us – Emma Kenny, who’d lost her dad to suicide, her husband Pete, who’d supported Emma through her darkest times; Adam, an SOS volunteer, who 2 years ago to the day was burying his best friend who’d died by suicide and everyone else had been touched some way by suicide or poor mental health., ,,,
1 May was important. Not only did our skydivers raise over £6,000 which is absolutely amazing, but they all raised awareness – not just of suicide, but of the need to start, and continue, those difficult and sometimes heartbreaking conversations. Only by doing this will we reduce, and eventually eradicate, stigma.
‘If we all remain silent about suicide, the shame remains & the stigma wins’
Yvette Greenway, CEO, SOS
We owe more than words to all our wonderful skydivers. What they did was brave. But raising awareness? Now that was simply stupendous
A huge thank you to Adam, Tom, Jasmine, Gareth, Emma & Pete – #stars
An equally big thank you to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes – Lolly, Tony, Vicky and Dave – we couldn’t have got here without you all!
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