John’s skydiving for Swanswell!

28 January 2016

Swanswell, a national alcohol and drug recovery charity, is getting ready for a skydive! On Saturday 06 February John Gauntlett, a Recovery Worker for Swanswell in Coalville, Leicestershire, will be jumping out of a plane at over 10,000 + feet to raise funds for the national charity.

After taking off from Durham Airfield, he’ll jump from the plane, descending through the clouds at a speed of 120 miles per hour, from nearly two miles above the ground.

After recovering from substance misuse himself, John decided to do a skydive to show other people recovery is possible. He also wants to give something back to those who’ve helped him. The funds he raises will help Swanswell to make recovery possible for more people.

So far, John has raised £400 for the national alcohol and drugs recovery charity and, with over a week to go, he’s hoping to beat his initial target of £465.

Speaking ahead of the Skydive, he said; ‘As part of my recovery, I was introduced to mutual aid groups and I saw people who stopped using alcohol and other drugs. I saw people smiling, really smiling and having joy in their life and I suddenly found hope that I could also do it. Today, I have a flat, employment and I enjoy a good relationship with my friends and family.’

 He added; ‘This skydive is a great way of celebrating my recovery and showing other people that change is possible. I’m so grateful to drug and alcohol services for the help and opportunities they’ve given me that I wanted to give something back. So, I’m donating the money I raise to Swanswell which will help even more people to change and be happy.’

Visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/johngauntlett1  if you’d like to pledge a donation to John. The funds raised will be used by Swanswell to help more people to change and be happy.

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