Celebrities urge public to join charity skydive to support Barnardo’s

Reality TV stars are no strangers to taking a step into the unknown. Now a quintet of celebrities are calling on the public to join them in a thrilling skydive to raise funds to help the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people supported by Barnardo’s.

Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and James Dunmore, Love Island’s Marcel Somerville and Gabby Allen and Celeb’s Go Dating Calum Best will be hurling themselves from a plane to raise funds to help Barnardo’s – the UK’s largest children’s charity – continue its vital work.

Sam Thompson (Photo credit: Owen Vincent)


Sam Thompson, 25, who has appeared in Celebrity Big Brother as well as Made in Chelsea, said: “Barnardo’s does so much good work for children and young people around the UK and fundraising helps the charity to continue that. I’m thrilled to be taking part in this challenge. It’s going to be scary but I can’t wait. It’s great that this is going to raise money for such a good cause at the same time as being great fun.”

Sam’s fellow Made in Chelsea cast member, James Dunmore, 28, from London, said: “I can’t wait to do the skydive for Barnardo’s. It’s slightly terrifying but I know it’s going to be an incredible experience and will raise money for such a great cause at the same time.


Made in Chelsea’s James Dunmore

“I’m really looking forward to it and hope as many people as possible take the chance to take part too.”

To donate to Sam Thompson and James Dunmore visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sam-james-thompson-dunmore

Calum Best, 37, the son of the late legendary Manchester United footballer George Best, said: “I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker so I think I’m really going to enjoy it. The money raised is going to make a difference to children’s lives, so we’re urging people to come along and take part in a skydive too.

Calum Best

“The more people who join the skydive the better, as every penny really will help Barnardo’s provide its crucial services.”

To donate to visit Calum Best visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/calum-best2

Gabby Allen, 25, from Liverpool, said: “I know I’m going to be really nervous when we’re in the plane, I’m going to be shaking like a leaf before but I hope once we jump, I’ll love it!

Gabby Allen

“I’m looking forward to floating to the ground once the parachute opens. This is a fantastic opportunity to do something different so it would be great for as many people as possible to take part to raise money to help children at the same time.”

To donate to Gabby Allen visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gabby-allen

Marcel Somerville, 32, from Chingford, Essex, who is a former member of the hip hop group Blazin’ Squad, said: “I’m so excited to be doing the skydive for Barnardo’s as it does such great work in supporting vulnerable children.

Marcel Somerville

“I know it’s going to be nerve-wracking but brilliant as we’ll be raising money and awareness for such a good cause.”

To donate to Marcel Somerville, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marcel-somerville

Strapped to an instructor, the celebrities will freefall at 120mph for several thousand feet before floating to earth – and want members of public to join the fun. They will all complete their skydive on Saturday March 31 with Skyline at the Hinton Skydive Centre in Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Other skydiving sessions will be held on March 31 at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster; Skydive Netheravon in Netheravon, Wiltshire; Skydive Langar in Nottingham; UK Parachuting at Sibson near Peterborough; and Skydive St Andrews in St Andrews, Fife.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “We’re very grateful to all four celebrities for signing up to take part in our thrilling skydive. It should be a fantastic experience and a day they won’t forget. We are encouraging as many people as possible to sign up for a skydive as it is not only an amazing experience, but made even better with the knowledge that you’re helping the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.”

Registration to take part in a skydive is £70 and there is a minimum sponsorship target of £395.

As part of Team Barnardo’s, you will also get a dedicated events team to support you and provide you with advice on fundraising as well as a Barnardo’s challenge t-shirt.

To find out more about the jump, locations and how to sign up, visit www.barnardos.org.uk/challengeevents/uk_challenges.htm or contact Silviya Naskinova from the Challenge Events Team on 02084 987091.

Keep up to date and let people know you have signed up with #TeamBarnardos

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