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Student Support Worker Amy leaps 15,000ft

When: 10 March 2017

  • Amy Ager, Exeter Deaf Academy Teaching Assistant

A fear of heights will not stop our brave Student Support Worker Amy Ager from jumping 15,000 feet out of an aeroplane to raise money for us.

Amy is taking the plunge in a tandem skydive at Dunkeswell airfield, East Devon, on Friday 19 May and is encouraging other volunteers to sign up for our charity skydive which takes place during national Deaf Awareness Week (15 May-21 May 2017).

Amy has been inspired by the example of Deaf young people at the Academy, who overcome their own fears and face challenges every day. She said,

“I’ve never done anything like this before and this is definitely outside of my comfort zone. The worst bit will be going up in the plane. But I’m putting my fear of heights to one side because it’s for such a good cause.”

Amy will be joined by a trained instructor who will guide her during her skydive.
“I’ve been told that it’s really peaceful because it’s so high and you don’t initially feel the fall,” she said.

Since Amy started working with us last October, she has enjoyed supporting Complex Needs students in the College. In her role as Student Support Worker, she supports teaching staff to enable students to progress academically and develop their self-esteem as Deaf young people who use British Sign Language (BSL).

She said,

“I love helping young people achieving their dreams and seeing them happy and enjoying learning. I want to help raise money for the Academy’s new Build to help our students continue to reach their potential.”

Later this year Exeter Deaf Academy will begin to build a groundbreaking, purpose-built facility in Exmouth scheduled to open in 2019. This new world-class Academy aims to change the lives of Deaf students and play a critical role in building an integrated Deaf-friendly community.

Amy has already raised £270 of her £500 sponsorship target thanks to her supportive family and friends. She said,

“They know it’s not like me to just jump out of plane!” she said. “My family are proud of me and are pleased that I’m raising money for the Academy.”

To sponsor Amy, please visit her JustGiving page.

Amy will be following the example of brave Academy staff Nikki James and Helen Maiden. Nikki, our British Sign Language Instructor, and Helen, our Educational Audiologist, also skydived 15,000ft at Dunkeswell Airfield to raise money for the Academy last year. You can read their story here.

The minimum age is 16 years and there is no upper age limit to take part. If you are aged between 16 and 18 you must obtain a parent or guardians consent. To sign up to the 2017 skydive for Exeter Deaf Academy click here.

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