Having recently joined the Aspire team to assist with the company’s Sales & Marketing activities, I have developed a sound understanding that the company is just as passionate about charity work as myself! Therefore the team have got on board to support my most recent venture… A Tandem Skydive on behalf of Wintercomfort for the Homeless!

I have always had a passion for helping others; regularly volunteering my time on weekends, alongside participating in local fundraising events for the past 3 years. My motto is “you can make a difference to someone’s life everyday, however big or small!” 

My chosen charity, Wintercomfort for the Homeless is a local charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes in Cambridge. My admiration for this amazing charity developed, following a biography I read based upon the life of a local man who lived in Cambridge, and unfortunately became homeless as a result of his distressed childhood.

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters examines how Stuart Shorter’s troubled adolescence (facing disability from birth and abuse) led to him developing mental health issues, becoming a criminal and violent, and then in turn resulted in Stuart living homeless on the streets of Cambridge.

The biography opened my eyes about how ‘close to home’, such issues as homelessness are in the society within which we live. However, I didn’t just let the thoughts and emotions provoked by the book just pass, but instead used this to find an exciting way to make a difference to someones life who is currently in the same position as the belated Stuart Shorter (who passed in Waterbeach, Cambridge in 2002, aged 34).

I believe that people do not willingly choose to be homeless, I’m sure you would agree the lifestyle of being cold on the streets does not appeal! However, people unfortunately do not always get dealt the best hand in life and as a result end up on the streets, no fault of their own. In some cases, this can lead to the vulnerable turning to alcohol, drugs and violence due to them not only losing their home, family members and friends but also social acceptance, an individual identity and a purpose in life. Wintercomfort for the Homeless addresses these issues by providing  recognised courses and work experience for those in need to enable them to return to normality.

Therefore, I took the plunge and signed myself up for my most frightening challenge yet.. a Tandem Skydive to help whose who are less fortunate than myself and many others.

On the 8th August 2015, I will be jumping out of a plane from 14,000 feet for my skydive! I would love to raise as much money as possible for my chosen charity, Wintercomfort for the Homeless, therefore I would really appreciate any donations that could be made to my JustGiving page via the link provided or alternatively you can donate via text (details below). However big or small the donation is, it really will make a massive difference to the local homeless and vulnerable people in Cambridge and will make my 14k fall a bit more enjoyable!!

How to make a donation and support my sponsored skydive:-

Visit my JustGiving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/Holly-Lawler/

Alternatively, Text – EVOL66 £5 to 70070