Nine brave women from the Swilly Group staff and family members are going to be falling from the skies very soon in a fundraising bid for charity.

The Swilly Group team are taking to the skies on April 1st for a thrilling Tandem Sky Dive from 13,000ft.

The nine women in the team are Tracy McVeigh, Demi McVeigh, Lisa Thomas, Jacqui Gallagher, Susan Wasson, Samantha Wasson, Helen Douglas, Amy McGuckin and Deirdre McLoone.

Their courageous challenge will be carried out to raise funds for the new Pieta House which is opening in Letterkenny in April.

The new centre will be the first of its kind in the North West, and will provide free services to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.

Team member Susan Wasson told Donegal Woman how this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for her.

“We’re all very excited and very nervous in equal measure. It’s all for a good cause and it will be a great day. We just hope the weather is good,” she said.

Another volunteer, Tracy McVeigh, said the idea escalated from a conversation in the office.

“One of the men was talking about his wife turning 40 and she wanted to do 40 things before turning 40. One of the girls suggested a skydive and someone piped up to say they had always wanted to do it. We agreed to do it and before we knew it we had nine people,” Tracy said.

Six women from the staff force and three of their family members are all now actively looking to raise funds for Pieta House. They have also persuaded two men to come along – Danny Devlin and Niall Mulrine, members of the Action For Hope Committee for Pieta House North West Project. Danny and Niall will be taking on daring solo jumps on the same day.

This April Fool’s Day, a special Swilly Group bus will be on the road to Coleraine and the women will be proudly wearing Pieta House T-shirts – complete with L plates for their first ever journey from the skies!

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