Sky’s the limit as Go Felix charity fundraiser raises £5,000
Customers, staff and suppliers of Swansea-based Securahome jumped at the chance to support a charity skydive by MD Jason Jenkins that raised funds for a youngster with a rare condition.
Following a social media appeal asking which cause could best benefit from Securahome’s support in 2015, a groundswell of followers nominated the Go Felix campaign.
The campaign aims to raise money for three-year-old Felix Forbes from South Wales, who has a rare condition called Lissencephaly and Miller-Dieker Syndrome, which means he has difficulty swallowing food and even holding up his head.
Securahome staff wasted no time in nominating Jason for a skydive at Swansea Airport. The parachute jump raised an impressive £5,000 thanks to the generosity of customers, staff and suppliers.
Felix’s mother, Alex Forbes, thanked Jason for his support and explained how important the funding would be to her son’s quality of life.
She said: “It has been overwhelming to receive this support. At the moment we are paying for two private therapy sessions a week and after just a few weeks I could see the difference it was making to Felix.
“Even the NHS staff members who look after Felix’s care commented on how much he has come along. He is progressing well and his general health has also improved.”
Although initially nervous Jason admitted that the jump was an ‘unforgettable experience’.
He said said: “There was a groundswell of support for the Go Felix campaign, and having met him and Alex I understood how much the money raised can make an impact on his quality of life.
“I have to thank all of the people who sponsored me to take part in the sky dive – suppliers, staff, customers family and friends all gave generously. I’d also like to thank those who had no personal connection with me but read about Felix’s plight and decided to make a donation.”
Jason’s skydive raised £2,500, which was match-funded by Securahome to make the £5,000 total.
Swansea-based Securahome installs windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries across South Wales and beyond.