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Sports clinic staff take the plunge for Air Ambulance

Written by Peter Davison .

Kelly Wariner, Samantha Cox, Phillip Hale, Kieran Boland-Pedley, Carol Plumridge, Antonia Sarnago-OrchardStaff at a Chippenham sports clinic faced their fear of heights with a 10,000ft skydive in Salisbury last Thursday (August 24) to raise funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Seven members of staff from Active Potential Therapy, including sport therapists, an osteopath and administrators all skydived for the first time.

Samantha Cox, owner of Active Potential Therapy said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance with a team challenge for the third year running.

“We’ve done two very different types of challenges in 2015 and 2016, so we knew we had to come up with something a little bit special this year.

“A skydive seemed perfect as it’s taken us all out of our comfort zones – the entire team have a fear of heights to some degree, and the type of activity means none of us could prepare or train for it, so it was definitely a challenge!”

“In June 2016 we took on The National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

“We raised £2,000 which was just amazing! In October 2015 we competed in the local Monster Race, a 6.5km muddy obstacle course, raising just over £1,000. Whereas these were very much physical challenges, a skydive is definitely more a psychological challenge.”

Kelly Wariner, practice manager of Active Potential Therapy said: “It’s hard to believe we’ve actually done it! Free falling was a terrifying and incredible experience that nothing could have prepared us for.

“What an amazing way to see the county. Thank you to everyone who has donated to support the Air Ambulance.”

Each team member was required to raise £395, meaning Active Potential Therapy had to run several fundraising events.

The team completed a 12-hour ‘treadmill-athon’ in June which saw the company treadmill, usually used for gait analysis appointments, being run or walked on non-stop for 12 hours between six members of staff.

More recently a cake sale was held at the clinic. The events raised £390 and £90 respectively.

The team has now raised a total of £1,735 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance through their skydive and hope to reach their target of £2,000 within the next two weeks.

Active Potential Therapy will also be providing sports massages at the forthcoming Chippenham Half Marathon on Sunday, September 9. Any donations will go straight to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance costs £3.25 million a year to keep in the air, which equates to £8,904 a day, and is funded entirely by public donation.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so at