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Fundraising friends reach new heights for Vibrance

Two friends from Danbury have proved the sky is the limit when it comes to fundraising for their favourite charity.

Fiona Jay and Charlotte Vine, both aged 20, threw themselves out of a plane on 26th February to raise money for social care charity Vibrance.

Vibrance, based in Ilford, supports over 850 adults throughout London and the South East with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues, offering a range of community services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, short breaks, supported employment and self-directed services.

The brave duo, who are former Moulsham High School pupils, decided to take on the daredevil task whilst on a three-month trip of a lifetime in Australia.

They jumped from a plane at a height of 14,000ft at Mission Beach.

airdresser Charlotte, who works at Salon 19, in Church Street, Great Baddow, said: “We have always wanted to challenge ourselves, and we are great supporters of equal opportunities for people with learning disabilities, so we have chosen to use our own personal challenge to ask our family, friends and colleagues to sponsor us to give someone less fortunate the chance to achieve their own challenge.

“Vibrance is a charity that supports people to live ordinary lives, and Fiona’s mum works for them and we have seen how they support people to live their dreams.”

Fiona’s mum, Jean Jay, who is director of quality at Vibrance, said she was incredibly proud of the two girls.

“They had talked about a trip to Australia since they were at school together and they finally achieved their dream in December. I didn’t know they were planning to the skydive when they went – when I found out I was a little nervous.

“Fiona has always grown up being involved in the work I do with people with disabilities, and has volunteered for Vibrance in the past, so raising money through their skydive seemed the natural thing to do.

“I’m very proud of them – but I will be eagerly awaiting their phone call on the day to say it is all over.”

Charlotte’s boss, Salon 19 manager Elaine Haine, said they were hoping to raise money for the pair by holding a collection in the store.

“Charlotte has worked here since undertaking her work experience with us when she was 16,” said Elaine.

“We’re very close - she’s like a daughter to me. We’re trying to show our support by asking our customers to help us with fundraising.

“I’m not surprised she’s doing it, as she has always wanted to do a skydive. We’ll be glad when she comes back, as we’re all missing her very much.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor the plucky pair can do so by visiting or by visiting Salon 19 and making a donation.

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