To do a charity parachute jump?

(42 Posts)
AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:36:01

I don't know.

Is it a bit like a 'sponsor my forin jaunt up a mountain'?

Also

1. Is there a fat limit?

2. Would I need to be weighed at any point?

3. Would a slightly knackered back be a problem?

4. Would it kill me?

5. Are there more sensible ways to raise a shed load of cash for a good cause while letting someone else do the organising?

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:39:27

Ooooh.

Look!

shamrock

lolatu Mon 17-Mar-14 21:40:26

Well jumping out of a plane has nothing to do with charity if that's what you mean, its a selfish activity. You could raise some cash by getting a 2nd job (or a first, if you don't already have one).

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 17-Mar-14 21:40:49

1 & 2, yes I think so.
3 - why risk it?
4 - I hope not but see 3
5 - yes, find them

harriet247 Mon 17-Mar-14 21:40:58

Um yes to all of them,sorry. Can you not sit in a bath of cold beans or shave your eyebrows off ? <<helpful>>

NoodleOodle Mon 17-Mar-14 21:42:24

It's a selfish way of raising money for a charity. Why not save up for your activity yourself, and raise money/awareness for the charity some other way?

YABU

MidniteScribbler Mon 17-Mar-14 21:43:29

If you want to jump out of a perfectly good plane, then that is your choice, but save up and pay for yourself. Don't expect other people to fund your insanity hobby.

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:43:33

It's a mass jump type event already organised for a Good Cause that I could join and get sponsored.

Or I could ride a bike to paris. But that would kill me and i don't own a bike.

lolatu Mon 17-Mar-14 21:44:10

You could do a "sponsored donate the cost of a parachute jump to charity", which would be much the same thing for any potential sponsors.

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:45:05

See. I do get the Fund my Fun thing. I think that's what puts me off. But nobody is going to want to give me a fiver for just sitting and eating cheese.

Seminyak Mon 17-Mar-14 21:45:10

Hmmmm I don't know how to answer your questions. But when I looked into it you have to raise a certain amount (say £250) in order to be able to facilitate it, and anything in top of that goes to the charity. So friends will basically be paying for your jump unless you raise more than that. Or you could just pay the £250 (or whatever amount it might be) yourself.

Or I might be talking bollocks. That was how it was when I was wanting to do it though!

Quinteszilla Mon 17-Mar-14 21:45:44

Sorry, I would not sponsor somebody's parachute jump in the same way as I would not sponsor somebody to climb Kilimanjaro or cycle to Paris either.

Seminyak Mon 17-Mar-14 21:45:56

X post sorry!

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:47:48

I shall investigate alternatives that don't involve me dying nor paying out £££ in 'fees'.

Quinteszilla Mon 17-Mar-14 21:48:20

I think most people who want to give to charity select their own good causes and stick to them. I see no reason why I should pay you so you could give to YOUR charity of choice. It is either or. And my two are cancer and alzheimers, because that is what affects me/my family/friends the most.

theeternalstudent Mon 17-Mar-14 21:49:04

yes to the weight limit - I think it's around 100kg. Also, if you are over a certain age you might need a dr's certificate as well.

I don't like the sponsor my fun type of thing either. Can't you make cakes and sell them or something like that??

LongPieceofString Mon 17-Mar-14 21:49:30

Don't do it , I like your posts, if the parachute failed I would be very saddened. (Even more selfish than Fund my Fun... Protect my Poster)

Quinteszilla Mon 17-Mar-14 21:50:11

Look, if you wanted to spend a day picking rubbish along the Thames in order to raise money, where you are actually doing some good, as well as raising money, I could consider it. You could pledge £10 per bag you pick, and if you fill 5 binliners of rubbish, your sponsors pay £50 or something, each. So if you have 10 sponsors, you would have £500 in no time! grin

MidniteScribbler Mon 17-Mar-14 21:50:43

But nobody is going to want to give me a fiver for just sitting and eating cheese.

The fact is, that people don't want to sponsor others for doing something that is ultimately self serving. From experience, the best fundraisers, at least around here, are the ones where people get something. Sausage Sizzles outside the hardware store are some of our biggest fundraisers. We get local companies to donate the bread/sausages/drinks/sauce/etc, the hardware store allows us the space outside on a Saturday, and we make a killing (as in a couple of thousand profit on a good day). People are more willing to hand over money when they get something in their hand for their money.

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:51:27

There's an idea Quint!

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 21:52:59

Hmmmmmm.

I shall rethink.

Am also too old, fat and broken to leap from airplanes.

Sausages could be a goer!

DinoSnores Mon 17-Mar-14 21:53:57

You would be being unreasonable.

For every £1 a charity parachute jump raises for charity, it costs almost £14 to the NHS in terms of fixing injuries and rehab following serious injuries.

I never support people doing these.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10476298

WooWooOwl Mon 17-Mar-14 21:54:00

I've done one, it was awesome.

I had to raise £200 to pay for the jump and anything else on top of that went to the charity. I paid £100 of that myself, and got generous sponsorship instead of birthday presents from my nearest and dearest, so I didn't feel like I was asking people to sponsor my jolly. Amazing as it was, I was proper shitting myself before hand, and I raised £2500 on top of the cost of the jump. This was before people started to get charity fatigue though.

There is a fat limit, but it's huge. You do need to be weighed, but a slightly knackered back shouldn't be a problem, just let them know. I know three severely disabled people who have done it, so I wouldn't have thought a bad back would be a huge issue. It won't kill you, but on the day I did it, one person did break their leg on landing. But that was because he didn't follow instructions.

There are other ways of raising money, obviously. But they nearly all involve asking people to part with money they woudo have otherwise spent elsewhere, so this is as good a way as any.

AtYourCervix Mon 17-Mar-14 22:04:54

Interesting Dino. It's an nhs organised thing. I migt email them that link.

Now..... sausages.

littledrummergirl Mon 17-Mar-14 22:12:24

I did one. It was awesome and I raised some money for a good local cause.
I lifted my feet for landing and slid in on my arse as this felt safer and I was given a choice.
Go for it.

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