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Daredevil Dave takes to the skies to raise £1,500 for charity

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    Daredevil Dave takes to the skies to raise £1,500 for charity


    A Mitcheldean boss has confronted his fear of heights head on by taking the ultimate plunge and completing a daring skydive in aid of Whizz-Kidz.

    Fearless fundraiser David Thornhill, managing director of Simplicity – one of the UK’s leading providers of outsourced back office and financial services – took to the skies with a 10,000 foot view and raised an impressive £1,500 for the charity.

    Whizz-Kidz supports young disabled people to access the right mobility equipment for them – including powered wheelchairs; and delivers wheelchair skills-training, work placements, and other life-skills to help youngsters’ transition from childhood to adulthood.

    David Thornhill said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have completed the skydive and have the video footage to prove it! It was cancelled twice due to bad weather, so I was beginning to think fate was telling me not to do it, but I’m so pleased to have finally jumped! It was a massive challenge and one I’m delighted to have achieved. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and made a donation to Whizz-Kidz!”

    Rob Dyson of Whizz-Kidz said: “David’s big leap will mean that young disabled people will be able to explore their own challenges, and reach for their goals – with the independence and confidence that the right wheelchairs and training brings. With David’s help more young people’s lives will be transformed.”

    Skydiving isn’t the only challenge David has planned, as he is also preparing to take part in a bungee jump later this year and is aiming to sign up for and complete a full marathon by the end of next year.

    Simplicity is an award-winning supplier of financial services, specialising in outsourced back office, funding, administration and financial services for their customers, predominantly based in the recruitment industry. The company includes seven key products: cashsimply, permsimply, payrollsimply, backofficesimply, gainsimply and DoubleIt!, spanning the many services they provide.

    If you’d like to make a donation to Whizz-Kidz, please visit David’s JustGiving website:

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    Simplicity is one of the UK’s most innovative providers of outsourced back office and financial services to the recruitment sector. Simplicity products currently include cashsimply, permsimply, payrollsimply, backofficesimply, gainsimply, vatsimply, awrsimply and Double It! which provide a range of services from 100 per cent funding through to back office management, administration, and increased access to credit.

    Whizz-Kidz has changed the lives of nearly 16,000 disabled children since 1990 – often literally overnight. There are still over 70,000 children in the UK who need our support.

    The right wheelchair and mobility equipment is not automatically provided on the NHS. Whizz-Kidz aims to work where possible with local NHS services, and aims to ensure that much-needed improvements are made in delivering wheelchair services for children in the UK.