Fall In' - Skydive for ABF The Soldiers' Charity

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Tough enough? Prove it!

Tandem skydive with the Army's own Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team and raise much-needed funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity, supporting soldiers, former soldiers and their families. Join one of our charity jump days this season - raise the minimum sponsorship and you can jump for free.

www.soldierscharity.org/skydive


Anna
 
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Before I look at the website, do I have to get a certain amount of sponsorship before I can do the skydive? To clarify, before I can jump out the plane, do I have to have reached a certain target of monetary pounds?
 
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Before I look at the website, do I have to get a certain amount of sponsorship before I can do the skydive? To clarify, before I can jump out the plane, do I have to have reached a certain target of monetary pounds?
Did you read the opening post?
 
#5
The minimum sponsorship we ask our supporters to raise is £400 - and we ask that you raise at least half of this figure pre-jump, with the option to collect the rest after you've completed the challenge.
 
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ABF The Soldiers' Charity - we partner with the Tigers each year to conduct tandem skydives as an extreme fundraising challenge. The reason we ask supporters to raise a minimum of £400 is that this figure covers your jump fees (a reduced rate of £160 thanks to our ongoing partnership) with the Tigers and the Airfield (we normally jump at the Army air base at Netheravon) and allows the rest to go direct to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need. We always encourage our supporters to raise as much as they can - some reach 4 figures for a tandem skydive, which is amazing - but £400 acts as a solid minimum in our experience.
 
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Just for clarification, ExtremeFundraiser, is a representative of ABF The Soldiers' Charity so they don't come more legit than this.
 
#9
Thanks Bad CO, appreciate your support!
 
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ABF The Soldiers' Charity - we partner with the Tigers each year to conduct tandem skydives as an extreme fundraising challenge. The reason we ask supporters to raise a minimum of £400 is that this figure covers your jump fees (a reduced rate of £160 thanks to our ongoing partnership) with the Tigers and the Airfield (we normally jump at the Army air base at Netheravon) and allows the rest to go direct to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in need. We always encourage our supporters to raise as much as they can - some reach 4 figures for a tandem skydive, which is amazing - but £400 acts as a solid minimum in our experience.
I see, so if I understand correctly, £160 of the £400 that I raise for charity goes to pay for the jump. In other words, if I raise £400 by telling people I am doing a charity jump, £160 of that money raised for charity is not actually for charity. So to that effect, you are getting me to lie about the money I am raising.
 
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Just for clarification, ExtremeFundraiser, is a representative of ABF The Soldiers' Charity so they don't come more legit than this.
That may be so, but part of the money that I raise for charity is to be used to pay for the jump. So those people that put in the £160 (as we understand it) so that people would benefit, will actually be paying for the jump. That is fraudulent.
 
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I see, so if I understand correctly, £160 of the £400 that I raise for charity goes to pay for the jump. In other words, if I raise £400 by telling people I am doing a charity jump, £160 of that money raised for charity is not actually for charity. So to that effect, you are getting me to lie about the money I am raising.

Oh and £160 to do a skydive isn't that great, particularly when you are bringing them a lot of business. You would think they would give you a discount.

These chaps charge £155, maybe you should approach them to see what sort of bulk discount you can get. UK Skydiving, Tandem Skydiving and Parachuting courses at the North London Skydiving Centre Ltd - Skydive with us!

You seem to have all the answers mate, have you considered offering your time to the ABF to assit them in the work they do or are you content to scoff at the side lines?

That may be so, but part of the money that I raise for charity is to be used to pay for the jump. So those people that put in the £160 (as we understand it) so that people would benefit, will actually be paying for the jump. That is fraudulent.
I think anyone with half an ounce of common sense knows that the cost of the jump is included, its a fantastic revenue opportunity for charitable organisations, it also gets people off their arses to do something. A win for everyone.

What would you suggest as an alternative?
 
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You seem to have all the answers mate, have you considered offering your time to the ABF to assit them in the work they do or are you content to scoff at the side lines?



I think anyone with half an ounce of common sense knows that the cost of the jump is included, its a fantastic revenue opportunity for charitable organisations, it also gets people off their arses to do something. A win for everyone.

What would you suggest as an alternative?
Yep, if its charitable, then all the money should go to charity. My mum does a lot of charity work and organises a lot of things and facilities are given free. Thats why it is charitable.

Can't really give my time to the ABF as I am not in the UK and on top of that I disagree with this way of getting money.
 
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Yep, if its charitable, then all the money should go to charity. My mum does a lot of charity work and organises a lot of things and facilities are given free. Thats why it is charitable.
And how long do you think the charity would last on the revenue raised by your mum.

Nice thought but you are away with the fairies if you believe any chairty could last longer than a weekend with that approach and outlook.
 
#16
We think it's actually best to be completely clear with your supporters about registration / jump fees ahead of your sponsorship ask - it's the same idea as with any organised marathons or challenge events, there's most always a fee of some kind involved. Some participants aim to cover the fees themselves, thereby making the ask less complicated when they spread the word amongst their friends, but sometimes this isn't possible so it's important to be clear.

We think the partnership we have with the Tigers is a great one, it keeps the event within the Army family and to that end means we have complete faith in their skill, professionalism and expertise.
 
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My mum does a lot of charity work and organises a lot of things and facilities are given free.
Great, get your mum to knit us a skyvan and several hundred litres of AVGAS.
 
#18
And how long do you think the charity would last on the revenue raised by your mum.

Nice thought but you are away with the fairies if you believe any chairty could last longer than a weekend with that approach and outlook.
Well they have been doing it like that for quite some time, 30 years I believe, and they rely on lots of people such as my mum. So the monies that my mum and all the other people raise adds to quite a bit. Oh yes, and my mum doesn't just organise people to stand outside of Tesco with a tin, she organises shows where celebrities tip up (for free) and the revenue for that obviously raises quite a bit.
 
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Well they have been doing it like that for quite some time, 30 years I believe, and they rely on lots of people such as my mum. So the monies that my mum and all the other people raise adds to quite a bit. Oh yes, and my mum doesn't just organise people to stand outside of Tesco with a tin, she organises shows where celebrities tip up (for free) and the revenue for that obviously raises quite a bit.
Shame there arent more like her, but the reality is there isnt hence the need for other revenue streams.
 
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Oh yes, and my mum doesn't just organise people to stand outside of Tesco with a tin, she organises shows where celebrities tip up (for free) and the revenue for that obviously raises quite a bit.
Ooooh, when's the next one? I've always wanted to meet a Hospital Radio DJ, retired Level 11 Association Football League coach or the successful author of "Whimsical Thoughts" in the local freesheet :wink:
 

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