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The Lakes family flies high for charity

11 October 2017

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company (The Lakes) has been flying high to raise money for five charities. Chief Executive David Brass and his four daughters took to the skies for their first ever sky dive and raised over £2,500.

The Lakes regularly makes donations to charity, be that through the sale of their Laid With Love brand of eggs or as a team taking part in Race For Life and Gladiator challenges.  This year the family wanted to do something special.

It is twenty years since David and Helen Brass set up The Lakes and it is also the sixteenth birthday of twin daughters Jane and Emily. It meant this was the first time the family could take part in a tandem skydive.

David, Helen and daughters Lizzie, Rachel, Jane and Emily decided on a group of charities that meant something special to them all. The whole family chose to support the Great North Air Ambulance ‘because we often see it flying overhead and as a Northern charity it needs our help.’ 

As an ex RAF Pilot, David chose the Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund, Helen was keen to support Ronald McDonald House Charities which provide free ‘home from home’ accommodation for families with sick children in hospital.

The girls wanted to support Teenage Cancer Trust because one of their family friends is receiving so much supported from this charity. They also decided to support another, less known cancer charity called WMUK – they focus on support for those involved in the treatment of Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia (WM) 

On a clear and sunny morning, the team travelled to Flookburgh airfield for their tandem sky dive. They all leapt out of the plane at 14,000 feet and made safe landings back on terra firma.

David Brass said “Despite being an RAF pilot I have never jumped out of a moving plane. It was a fantastic experience made even better because I could share it with my girls.”

Lizzie Brass was the last to leap from the plane and had chance to see her family go first. It was great to see each of the tandem teams take to the air. Each of the pilots did something different, twirling or somersaulting, it was pretty spectacular. We all had such confidence in the guys we were strapped to that we weren’t nervous and just really enjoyed the ride.”

Helen was on the ground to meet them all and took hundreds of pictures, she said “It’s probably the quickest way we’ve ever raised money for charity. The total stands at £2,517, but the girls are still receiving donations on their internet donation page. Raising money for cancer charities has become very personal, because one of their good friends is receiving much appreciated care and support.”

You can see the video of the skydive on The Lakes news page: http://lakesfreerange.co.uk/lakes-free-range-egg-family-flies-high/