10,000ft skydive is next challenge for former Wellsway student supporting CLAPA

Published on: 06 Feb 2015

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A former Wellsway student will be facing his fears for a cause close to his heart when he jumps from a plane at 10,000ft next month.

Chris Williams, 26, is taking on the challenge of a skydive to raise funds for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA), an organisation that supported him and his family afer he was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, undergoing numerous operations as a child.  

Chris, who is secretary of CLAPA's Great Ormond Street Hospital branch, raised £885.19 for the charity last year when he successfully completed the Thames Path Challenge, walking 28km in four hours and 18 minutes.

He said: “It was a fantastic day and the atmosphere was incredible, more emotional than I had anticipated. It raised a lot of awareness for CLAPA and the amount of support was incredible.

“After completing the Thames Path Challenge, I was searching for the next challenge. I can remember saying in an article for CLAPA, ‘I’m now researching my next challenge for the beginning part of next year – a possible skydive?! My mum is going to kill me’. And with that, that was to be the next challenge. I have never undertaken something quite so challenging as this.

“It’s certainly a fear, but one that I am pleased to face for CLAPA.”

Chris, who works as an architectural designer in London, has set himself a fundraising target of £1,000 and he will undertake the skydive at Maidstone Airfield at the end of  March, where he will be cheered on by family and friends.

A donation of £18 to CLAPA can pay for a baby starter pack containing special bottles and teats and information on clefts for the family, while £50 covers a day’s placement on a confidence-building weekend for children with clefts. For more on the charity visit www.clapa.com.

To sponsor Chris, go to his fundraising page www.justgiving.com/Chris-Tandem-Skydive.

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