Hero Jim jumps in to save day

July 16, 2015 Uncategorized

JimWHEN Jim Hatch jumped in as a last minute replacement for a much anticipated charity event, he REALLY jumped in. Everyone at Northfield was eagerly anticipating Duncan Blackwell’s tandem parachute drop to raise money for their adopted charity Willen Hospice, even if their heights-phobic Site Manager wasn’t quite so keen. Still, brave Duncan was determined to face his fear in a bar-raising effort to bring in over £1,000 for the annual fund-raising total… until a medical check ruled that his blood pressure level made him ineligible. With one week to go an urgent plea went out for a volunteer replacement and Ops Expert Jim, who’s been with the Company for 10 years, didn’t hesitate. What’s more, in the following seven days he raised a staggering £1,000 additional sponsorship which, when added to the money already pledged to Duncan, brought in a total of £1,700, over half of the entire 2015 target of £3,000. “Rather than waste the money that had been raised, I thought I’d take over,” says modest Jim. “I’ve always wanted to do a parachute jump so, as soon as it was said volunteers were wanted, I didn’t have to think hard about it. And it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”Watched by his brother and sister, niece and nephew, Jim, accompanied by an instructor, leapt from 13,000ft and didn’t look back. “I’d definitely do one again,” he says. “Probably next year, and in my own right.” Still floating from the experience when he spoke to Cheque In, Jim was also on a high over his super-fast sponsorship feat and extremely grateful for everyone’s support. “I just asked all the clubs to which I belong and people put something in, as did colleagues and family,” he says. He’s not the only one who’s thankful. Duncan and Senior Operations Manager Dave McSeveney are full of praise for their super hero. “To jump in at such short notice was phenomenal, as it’s not the sort of thing that everyone wants to do,” says Dave. “It would have been such a shame for all the effort that had been put in by Duncan and all the other fund-raisers who had pledged money. The amount that Jim raised on top of that was amazing.” “I had psyched myself up to conquer my fear of heights and was gutted not to be able to take part,” says Duncan. “But it was brilliant that Jim saved the day and he tells me that it was huge fun, so maybe one day, I’ll have another go…!” The next big Willen fund-raiser in store is Northfield’s annual summer barbecue, due to be held as Cheque In went to press.