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The sky's the limit for daring teaching staff

The sky's the limit for four daring school workers who will be putting their bravery skills to the test when they freefall from 12,000ft at 120mph. 
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Francesca Ingram, 27, Sarah Polden, 34, Christopher Goldsmith, 28, and Daniel Wilson, 23, who all work at Whybridge Infant School in Rainham, will take part in a tandem skydive on Sunday September 6th to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice.     l-r Sarah Polden, Daniel Wilson, Francesca Ingram and front Christopher Goldsmith - resized


The team, who are calling themselves The Whybridge Jumpers, signed up after reading about the exhilarating experience in the hospice's fundraising pack.    


"I have always wanted to do a skydive and when I read about it, I thought it would be a great chance to do one and raise money for charity," said Francesca, a Year One teacher.


This is not the first time the school has taken action to ensure the hospice continues to provide excellent care and support to people living with life limiting illnesses.    


Teaching assistant Joanne Curtis took part in the charity's Woofs and Wellies event last month and the school raffled a hamper on their sports day.     


The skydive is also the latest way Special Education Needs Coordinator Sarah will be showing her support.    


Sarah has been donating clothes to its shops ever since her great aunt Shirley Martin was cared for at the hospice.    


Reception teacher Christopher Goldsmith said, "Saint Francis Hospice is local to our school and our community.     


"We have known friends and people from different areas who have been at the hospice. 


"It is about raising money as well as raising awareness of the hospice."    


Daniel, a teaching assistant, also said, "It took a couple of days to psyche myself up to the skydive but I am really excited about it." 


Fellow teachers and staff will be joining the daredevils on the day to help quell any nerves and cheer them on.    


"I am really proud that they have decided to do it for such a good cause and I will definitely be there on the day to support them," said Headteacher Ian Bakmman-Madsen. 

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