Lakeland duo takes the plunge in charity skydive

Lakeland buying & merchandising director Samm Swain and her colleague, head of trading for baking and cooking Libby Heppenstall, successfully completed a tandem skydive with the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team on July 24.

Sponsored by housewares brand Victorinox (distributed by Burton McCall), the aim of the exercise was to raise funds for the YMCA Lakeside Stoller Campus.

Set on the shore of Lake Windermere, YMCA Lakeside is one of the largest professional outdoor activity centres in the country that works with schools, youth groups, families and businesses to provide residential and day experiences for over 7,000 young people from a wide range of backgrounds every year.

Recalling the event, Samm said: “What an incredible experience! It was an absolute privilege to skydive with the Red Devils – and an absolute relief to be in such safe hands.

“It was one of the most amazing things that I’ve ever done: a total sensory overload delivering terror, adrenalin, excitement, fun and delight. Thank you to Mohamed and Ruth at Burton McCall for providing us with the opportunity and for doing their very best to keep us calm!”

The Lakeland duo’s endeavour raised £1,089 and as a thank you for their efforts, the charity will be naming a bedroom after them in the Stoller Campus.


Safe landing: (l-r) Libby Heppenstall and Samm Swain

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