Headteacher of Herne Junior School free-falling for FitzRoy charity

12th June 2018

The Headteacher of Herne Junior School, Tony Markham, is bravely taking on a 10,000ft skydive in aid of the Petersfield-based charity, FitzRoy.

FitzRoy supports adults with learning disabilities and autism to live more independently and to be treated as equals regardless of their disability. Around 20 daredevils will join Tony on 30th June to take the plunge and raise money for the charity.

Mr Markham was persuaded to take on the challenge in what he describes as a ‘moment of weakness’ when he met FitzRoy at the Butser Hill Challenge last year. Although he might joke about being coerced, he said that skydiving has always been on his bucket list.

Herne Junior School supports some children with special educational needs and disabilities, so FitzRoy was a natural fit. He describes how many children with special educational needs receive support and care through their school years but, without services like FitzRoy, they are potentially left vulnerable and isolated when they leave education at 18.

To raise money for his skydive, Mr Markham will be starting a ‘throw your Headteacher out of a plane’ campaign at the school, and will only jump once he’s reached his target of £1000,00.

Tony Markham said:

“When I think about the skydive I get butterflies in my stomach, especially as it gets closer. I hope that my campaign to throw your headteacher out of a plane appeals to everyone’s sense of fun.

“FitzRoy’s vision to help people with disabilities to live the life they choose is a great cause, and if my skydive gets people talking about the work they do then it will all have been well worth it.”

If you would like to help Tony reach his target visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hernejunior-fitzroy

Donations to FitzRoy help people with a learning disability to live the life they choose by paying for things that many of us might take for granted. For example, adapted kitchens so people can cook for themselves, sensory rooms and gardens, resources to enable them to decorate their own bedrooms the way they wish, iPads with special apps designed to help communication, holidays and activities, and even the opportunity to find love and friendship through the Love4Life project.

Notes to editors

  • For more information contact Alex Thwaites, Head of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising, on 01730 711 103, 07811 526829, or email thwaites@fitzroy.org
  • FitzRoy is a national charity that transforms the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism, helping them live more independently at home and in the community. We listen to people, helping them make their own choices. We believe disabilities shouldn’t exclude or hold people back from doing the things they want to do.
  • FitzRoy runs 91 locations across England and provides flexible support to over 800 adults with the support of around 900 staff nationally.
  • FitzRoy was founded in 1962 by Elizabeth FitzRoy whose son, Michael, had Down’s syndrome. She pioneered a new vision, to support adults with learning disabilities to live more independently, rather than in the institutional care which was available at the time.
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