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Vistry Mercia staff skydive for mental health charity

Vistry Group employees swapped housebuilding for free-falling as they jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet to support a suicide prevention charity.

A group of 8 team members from the company’s Mercia region joined Housebuilding chief executive Keith Carnegie to take part in a charity skydive at Tilstock Airfield in Shropshire on Friday 5 August.

The team took the plunge in a bid to raise donations for Vistry’s chosen charity Papyrus, which provides support to young people struggling with mental health and suicidal thoughts.

Keith Carnegie, chief executive of Vistry Housebuilding, said: “An amazing day was had by everyone who took part and it was an experience I for one will never forget. It’s fair to say that nerves were running high ahead of the big jump but once we had landed you could not wipe the smiles off our faces.

“The sense of satisfaction that we all felt upon completing the skydive was all the greater for knowing that we had done it for such a deserving cause. Everyone at Vistry is aware of the incredibly important work that Papyrus does to support young people facing extremely difficult times in their lives and the charity means so much to us.

“We are immensely grateful to everybody who has sponsored us and helped us to raise £5,400 so far.We are still hoping to reach our target of £8,000 and anyone else who would like to donate can do so by visiting our JustGiving page. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated and will help Papyrus to continue saving the lives of young people across the UK.”

To make a donation, go to our Just Giving page.

Anyone who donates £15 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a one-night stay in London, including a three-course dinner for two at the Royal Exchange in its Fortnum and Mason Bar and Restaurant, donated by Ibstock Brick.

Vistry Group is building homes at locations across the country under its Linden Homes and Bovis Homes brands.

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