Elevate your senses for Breast Cancer Haven Have you ever thought about taking the plunge for a cause close to your heart? That’s exactly what Victoria did last year when she decided to skydive in order to fundraise for Breast Cancer Haven. Whilst this extreme sport was not a normal activity for Victoria, she jumped right in to the challenge and made it a sensational fundraising success for Breast Cancer Haven. Victoria recounts her skydiving experience below. Deciding to skydive for Breast Cancer Haven “I have to be honest, my foray into skydiving was totally unexpected. As marketing manager for Wadsworths Solicitors, I’m on a constant mission to find new and innovative ways to support our local community. After visiting the new Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands centre in Solihull, I came away determined that someone from my firm would raise funds by partaking in a skydive. I skipped back to the office joyously ready to unveil my newest community initiative, but somehow the conversation didn’t go quite as planned. Nobody from the office offered to take part in the event and so I announced that “if no one’s willing to step up, then I’ll do it”. I was flabbergasted as my colleagues (rather too eagerly) agreed. And that was that, my skydiving fate was sealed. Raising the money I was initially nervous that I wouldn’t be able to raise enough money to meet the minimum required sponsorship amount, however it quickly became apparent how much support there was, both for me and also for Breast Cancer Haven. My friends, family and colleagues all made a donation, not to mention business acquaintances and even the staff and patients of a Devon Medical Practice that a family member of mine works at. By the day of the jump, I had raised £800 so there really was no going back. The skydive The morning of the jump I woke up and didn’t feel the sheer terror I had expected. Instead, I felt an even stranger feeling - pure unadulterated excitement! I paced around my house until I could leave and continued my pacing when we arrived at the skydiving centre. I won’t lie – the nerves had set in by this point, however the training I undertook on the ground, together with my fabulous friendly instructor, completely put me at ease. I paid a little extra money to have a cameraman jump with me, so not only did I feel excitement for the jump, I also felt like I had my own paparazzi throughout the whole experience. The plane journey up to the clouds was nerve-wracking and yet very much tinged with excitement. At one point I asked my instructor if we had much further to go and was told we were at 2,000 feet with 10,000 still to go. Finally, the doors of the plane opened and those that were at the front of the plane started jumping out. All too quickly it was my turn. I leant forward out of the doorway, safely secured to my instructor behind me, put my legs under the plane as I’d been taught and then fell forwards into the clouds. Arms outstretched, with the wind blowing in my face, I tried to breathe normally as I experienced the exhilaration of free falling. I felt no fear, just sheer excitement and happiness. The most alive I'd ever felt Rather unexpectantly, I actually felt disappointment when the parachute opened. The freefall felt like it lasted a heartbeat, whereas in reality I know it was at least 60 seconds. Floating towards the ground, everything suddenly became quiet after experiencing the roar of the wind during my freefall. I admired the earth below, feeling content and quite simply the most alive I’d ever felt. I wouldn’t hesitate to do a skydive again – it was the best and most awe-inspiring experience of my life. I’m ecstatic that I was able to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven in the process, which is such a vital and admirable cause.” Elevate your senses and join Breast Cancer Haven for a skydive.