Skydiving airport employees raise US$13,000 for local air ambulance service

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Employees at Southampton Airport in the UK have taken part in a tandem skydive event to raise funds for its charity partner Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).

The skydive took place at the Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury and involved 19 employees, including the airport’s new managing director Neil Garwood, and several business partners. Participants dived from 10,000ft above the ground and raised nearly £10,000 (US$13,000) on the day.

Garwood said, “I am absolutely thrilled about what we have done, it is such a great achievement for the airport. We would like to thank everyone for their amazing support, and special thanks goes to our skydivers who conquered their fears for this incredible charity.”

Ray Southam, corporate and community fundraiser for HIOWAA, said, “It was an incredible experience to be part of this event, the enthusiasm from all the skydivers was absolutely amazing. To raise £10,000 (US$13,000) for this event is an incredible achievement, and we would like to thank everybody for their support.”

The charity skydive was one of the many events that the airport has committed to host as part of its partnership with the air ambulance, including the annual Runway Run.

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