Friends jump 25,000 feet for charity

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 August 2012

Ashley and Toni back on land after their 25,000 jump.

Ashley and Toni back on land after their 25,000 jump.

TS staff training

TWO friends from a Weston-based company jumped 25,000 feet out of an aeroplane in aid of the charity BRACE.

Toni Schulze, aged 57, and Ashley Duncan, aged 22, both from Hutton, are colleagues at TS Staff Training, in Wolvershill Road and decided to put themselves forward for the challenge.

The company chose BRACE – a charity which delivers help and support to those dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease - as its chosen charity because of a close link to its manager, Toni’s partner, who organised the jump.

Carrie Kelland’s grandmother Emily Price was diagnosed with the disease more than 10-years ago at the age of 70.

Before Alzheimer’s, Emily had raised thousands of pounds over the years as an animal campaigner. As a Polish Jew she fled Russia as a little girl with her mother to England and while Emily used to speak five languages, she now speaks none.

She no longer recognises her five children and Emily requires full time care.

Carrie said: “It is awful to witness this strong and proud women resorted to being washed and fed. Whoever came up with the line growing old gracefully had obviously never met anyone with Alzheimer’s.

“To raise money into the research of this disease is so important, particularly at a time when our elderly population is growing”.

After the jump, company director Toni said: “It was worth every minute, I was frightened looking out of the plane into nothing, but not as frightened as a person being told they have Alzheimer’s.”

Originally four members of the team were due to make the jump but because of weather conditions Toni and Ashley were the only ones able to complete the challenge.

The team hope to organise another date soon and you can donate by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/TSStaff-Skydive


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