• The sky’s the limit for brave acdc staff

Pendleside Hospice | Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle

The sky’s the limit for brave acdc staff

A brave team from an award-winning lighting company have overcome their fears to take on a 14,000 ft. skydive.

15 members of staff from Barrowford-based acdc took to the sky above Grange-over-sands for a tandem jump as part of a fundraising challenge for the Hospice.

The team, which included acdc’s CEO Gareth Frankland, three other Board members along with managers, factory and office employees, have raised more than £4,000 by taking on the feat.

The idea for the challenge came about because Gareth wanted to take on a challenge to conquer his fear of heights, and decided that it would be an ideal fundraising opportunity as part of their Corporate Challenge efforts.

Our annual Corporate Challenge sees local businesses from Burnley and Pendle go head-to-head to battle it out from June 1st to September 30th to raise the most money for the Hospice.

Simon Stead, People Director at acdc said: “The skydive is one of the most incredible things that we have done as a team. There was some apprehension building up to it but everyone had a brilliant time, and we are delighted with the amount of money we have raised.

“It really was a once in a lifetime experience. We were all strapped to the instructors and for the first minute of the jump we were completely free falling at 120 miles an hour!

“A few members of staff wanted to do the skydive as it was on their ‘bucket list’, others were just wanting to take on a challenge. A few of us have even said that we would like to now start a solo course.

“Main thing was that it truly demonstrated our values, which are: to challenge ourselves, that we are one team and that acdc is a great place to work.”

As well as the sky dive acdc has undertaken a number of other events for the Corporate Challenge including ‘funday Friday’ where different activities were undertaken ever Friday throughout including quizzes and bake sales. They also held a casino night and are also holding a comedy night featuring professional comedians to finish off their challenge.

Simon added: “We’ve had a fantastic time taking part in the Corporate Challenge. It has really helped us to bring our work values to life and has given us fundraising ideas to take forward.”