Brave bunch skydive to raise care home cash


A man with autism fearlessly jumped out of a plane to raise funds for his care home.

A team from Little Smugglers in Crawley Down did the skydive on National Autism Awareness Day (Thursday April 2).

Graham Carter, who lives at the home in Snow Hill, another resident’s sister, Lydia Barnard and deputy manager Hayley Wilkins and team leader Harry Smith took part to raise funds to create a sensory room for residents.

Hayley said: “The skydive was amazing, the best experience, and I was so proud of Graham, who also loved every minute of it.

“Graham has no fear, myself on the other hand was shaking like a leaf.

“This is something he and his mum, Carol Carter, will treasure for life.”

She added many people went to the event at the Headcorn Skydive centre in Kent.

The care home will display a large sheet which residents from other homes and family and friends painted with messages of support.

Some £8,000 out of the £20,000 needed has been raised for the sensory room.

An online fundraising page for the skydive has contributed more than £1,500 so far.

Hayley said the sensory room would provide an ‘oasis of relaxation’ which is vital for adults emotional health.

Assassins Gym in Crowborough supported Graham’s fundraising.

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