The sky’s the limit…literally!

Hi everyone! Hope all is well.

The topic of today’s blog is very exciting indeed; some might say the prospect of what will be discussed even has them on cloud nine. That’s right, Cyril Flint Befrienders, in partnership with ‘Sky Line Events’, now offers you the opportunity to take part in your own sponsored skydive.

Imagine the absolute thrill of being able to fly through the sky at a height of 10,000ft, and speeds of up to 120mph! The jump itself is called a ‘tandem skydive’, and  involves being strapped to a qualified ‘British Parachute Association’ tandem instructor. In essence, they do all the hard work for you! You are thus left to enjoy the invigorating feeling of free-falling for the first 5000ft, before gliding safely to the ground after the parachute has been deployed!

The Details:

This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Being able to take part, whilst also raising funds for a worthwhile cause, is a win/win scenario. There are however a few important details to take note of first:
Each individual needs to raise a minimum of £395. This sum covers three costs:
• £70 deposit paid on booking.
• £185 approx jump cost (varies between airfields). You pay this in cash on the day of jump, to the air field.
• £130 – £140 approx charity sponsorship money (gift aid is an option on this). This money is normally raised online, or collected by the air field on the day. You must bank a post-dated cheque 4 weeks after the event.

In addition, anything raised above the £395 also goes straight to the charity too!

Diving Experiences:

If you’re thinking this is a great idea, but are possibly a little apprehensive at the same time, look at some of the testimonials below of those adrenaline junkies who have come before you:

“That initial rush as you topple out of the plane is like no other feeling I have ever experienced!” ~ Shelly

“For all newbies out there I’d recommend just doing it! You’ll be hooked after your first time… I think I’m on my 5th skydive now and I will never get over the thrill of it.” ~ David

“Skydiving is honestly amazing! I felt so nervous at the thought of it in the past, but you only live once, and when it was over I was glad I did it. I felt like Superman!” ~ Rob

However, if those testimonials aren’t enough to convince you, take a look at this awesome video provided by ‘Sky Line Events’ at the jump in action:

How you can get involved:

A  skydive is an undoubtedly unique way to help us raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders, and an experience to be remembered for life. If you’re interested in completing the skydive, please contact our fundraising coordinator Sam for your information pack at:
[email protected] (Tel. 01619429465)

Equally, if you want to take the leap and sign up immediately, you can follow our bespoke charity link to the ‘Sky Line Events’ website:

We hope to see some of you soaring through the sky in due course!
Until next month,

Are you up to the Cyril Flint Accumulator Challenge?

IT’S BACK! We’ve enjoyed huge success with our Accumulator Challenge over the past two years! We’re delight to be launching this year’s event on 1st May 2019!

How the Accumulator Challenge it works:

Each entrant is given a start-up fund: £100 to Teams and £50 to individuals.

We appreciate that organising any fundraising activity can involve some upfront costs and we don’t want you to be out of pocket! So you can use this fund to get started on your Accumulator Challenge fundraising mission!

The fundraising takes place 1st May – 31st October. We will set each team up with a Just Giving page and you can direct all fundraising, donations and sponsorship to this page. You will also be able to see how you are doing compared to the other Accumulator Challenge teams!

In November you will be invited to an awards evening! Here we will bring individual and team participants, Cyril Flint staff, befriendees and befrienders together. This will be an evening of celebration of all the fundraising that has taken place throughout the six months. It will also be an opportunity for teams to meet some of the people their fundraising will help. During this evening we will present awards for special achievements.

Awards will be presented to individuals and teams for the following:

  • Most innovative fundraising idea
  • Most funds raised
  • Best publicity piece

Support throughout

You will be supported throughout the six month challenge. We have a How-To guide full of ideas on how you can spend your start-up fund to generate more funds! From spending it on ingredients for cakes to host your own bake sales in the office, to using the funds to hire a room and entertainment and put on your own event! We have step by step guides and our Operations Manager, Alex, will be on hand throughout the six months to help you. We will also provide you with any Cyril Flint items that may help. This could include balloons, branded t-shirts, posters, pens and leaflets.

Why we do it

Andrea & Barbara, a Cyril Flint befriending match

As a charity we are dependent on donations, grants and fundraising to enable us to continue operating. We are on a mission to combat loneliness and isolation in older people across Trafford and South Manchester. We do this by providing a one to one befriending service. Cyril Flint are so fortunate that many local people approach us to become volunteer befrienders and generously give up their time to volunteer each week. Our service is totally free of charge to all older people who access it but we require funds to keep operating. These funds cover the costs to train and support our volunteers, to support our older people and to keep the charity operating and reaching more older people in need of our help.

Why we do the Accumulator Challenge

Instead of asking people to make a donation, we run the Accumulator Challenge as a fun and interactive way for people to support us. It can be a great personal challenge or act as a brilliant team-building exercise over the six months. It will all end with an evening of celebration and some special awards. The awards are to recognise those that have gone that extra mile!

Fiona & Amy, a Cyril Flint Befriending match

How you’ll make a difference

By taking part in the 2019 Accumulator Challenge you will not only be helping us by raising much needed funds, you will also be raising awareness of Cyril Flint Befrienders. You may do that via your team mates, through the people who purchase cakes at your bake sale, or those who attend any event you hold. Awareness raising is vital to us as it helps to inform more people about our service and potentially help the word spread to those older people in the community who may not have heard about us before. So please consider this when planning your fundraising, it is not all about the grand total of funds raised, but also about the number of new people who learn about our work via your efforts.

The 2018 Accumulator Challenge was great fun, with events from bee hunts and cake sales, to jarbolas, choir evenings and race nights! Teams crafted items, negotiated brilliant deals with local businesses and really exceeded our expectations. In the last two years over £10,000 has been raised by participants and we can’t wait to see what this year will be bring!

Get your pack today!

For more information or to request a free pack, contact Alex: [email protected] or call 0161 942 9465


Trowers & Hamlins Bee Hunt 2018