Homelessness is an all too familiar sight on the streets of Reading, and sadly, it’s on the rise. That’s why Ecrebo decided to support Launchpad, Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity. Launchpad provides vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.
Founded as a soup kitchen in 1979 by students at the University of Reading, the charity now provides a holistic service to help vulnerable people in the town tackle their housing-related problems, obtain and sustain a long-term home and lead full and independent lives.
Launchpad runs a number of fundraising initiatives throughout the year. As a business, we’ve already taken part in the Pancake race back in February (although sadly lost), with more activities planned for later in the year. So when Launchpad told us that they were celebrating their 40th anniversary with a charity skydive and were looking for 40 volunteers to jump for them, we thought this would be a great opportunity for us to get involved.
And who better to put forward for this challenge than Ecrebo founder David Vernon?! As a busy father of four, founder of Ecrebo, and with multiple high profile responsibilities within the business, including Chief Customer Officer and Chief Product Officer, David is no stranger to a challenge. But this is likely to be one challenge that will test him more than any other.
Luckily, he accepted the challenge. So on Saturday 31st August, David will be making his way down to the Old Sarum airfield in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he’ll jump 10,000 feet out of a plane and experience a 30 second ground rushing freefall experience.
David says, “I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful home life, with a fantastic family, and access to shelter, electricity and running water. But I know not everyone is as lucky as I am. That’s why I’ve decided to do a 10,000 feet tandem parachute jump for Launchpad. It’s a daunting prospect but I know the value of the work they do as a charity and I’m really excited to be one of the 40 taking part that day.”
Please help us support Launchpad
David would appreciate your support, so please donate whatever you can to this fantastic charity:
Jump out of a plane on behalf of Launchpad
If you like the sound of jumping 10,000 feet out of a plane, why not have a go yourself?
To find out more about Launchpad and the vital work they do, visit their website: http://www.launchpadreading.org.uk/