Worthing firm prepares for world-record attempt

Some of the MGM staff doing a tandem skydive W17571H12
Some of the MGM staff doing a tandem skydive W17571H12

STAFF from a Worthing firm will be literally reaching for the sky when they take on a world-record tandem skydiving attempt.

Workers from MGM Advantage in Heene Road, along with friends and family members, will jump out of a plane at 10,000ft to raise money for the Worthing area branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The firm needs 210 people to take part if they are to beat the world record, and currently has more than 140 people registered.

It hopes to reach that target before the challenge takes place at Brackley Airfield, near Oxford, on July 5.

Tanya Sharp, employee engagement co-ordinator, said: “A lot of people in this area are affected by dementia, and it’s really sad, so we wanted to do this to support the Alzheimer’s Society because it’s such a worthy cause.

“We’ve got lots of employees taking part, including the chief executive, the chief operating officer, non-executive directors and others, as well as their friends and family.”

Steph Houghton, 41, is one of the registered skydivers.

She said: “My grandmother suffered with dementia, and that was a harrowing thing to watch, so the fact that it’s for the Alzheimer’s Society meant there was no reason for me not to do it.

“I also want to show my daughter that I’m going for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I am a little bit nervous about actually jumping out of the plane, but I’m trying not to think about that part.”

Kamran Khan, 32, will be joined on the jump by his wife, Ellie.

He said: “I’ve done a skydive before, and it’s an amazing experience and one that I wanted to have again.

“My wife’s grandmother, Rita Rose, has had dementia for two years and I’ve seen a big change in her, so I also wanted to do it for her and for this great cause.”