CO-OP store manager Lauren Powell hopes to inspire people to not suffer in silence as she takes on a charity skydive on July 4 to raise money for mental health charity MIND, a cause close to her heart.
Lauren chose to raise money for the charity as she and people close to her have experienced poor mental health in the past.
She decided to take to the skies for the jump some weeks ago and has already raised £700, and is now looking to achieve double her initial target of £500.
This is the first time Lauren has taken on a skydive challenge but it’s been a bucket list priority for her, and she says she’s feeling nervous and excited about finally getting up there and stepping out of the aeroplane.
This is the second time that Lauren has completed a charity event for MIND, having put together a fundraising day last year.
She has also completed a 23-mile hike across the Malvern Hills with her colleagues where together they raised more than £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital in honour of a fellow store manager’s baby, who had surgery when she was first born.
Lauren said: “I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something completely different to a raffle or fundraiser day.
“For me, this is about raising awareness of these amazing charities that are there to support no matter what.
“I want to let people know that your story is important and it’s okay to not be okay.”
Visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lauren-powell-mind-skydive to donate to Lauren.