Mike’s high in the sky!

17 April 2007 – for immediate release

It is 9 June 2007 and the time is 8.15am. Most of us will be having a well-earned Saturday lie-in, but not Aston University’s Head of Security Mike Clash. He will be gearing up to face the experience of a lifetime as he takes to the air for a freefall parachute jump in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Mike won’t be alone at Hinton Skydiving Centre near Oxford because it will be a tandem jump (which means he is attached to an instructor throughout) but it should nevertheless be a fantastic and never to be forgotten experience.

So will he be jumping off the top of the Sky Lifts on the campus to practice? Well no, because he will receive instruction on how to land on the day he does the jump.

‘I’m a member of Rotary, which has always supported good causes, and we had a speaker from Hearing Dogs at one of our events’, said Mike. ‘I was amazed at the good these dogs do – they really do change lives. I’d always talked about doing a parachute jump and as I’m President of our Rotary group this year I pencilled it in as one of my fundraising challenges for this year.

‘I’m really excited about doing the jump. I can’t imagine what it will feel like to be standing on the plane at 10,000 feet with the door open before jumping out! You freefall for the first several thousand feet at a speed of about 120mph and then glide down to the ground from about a mile up in the air.’

Mike needs to raise a minimum of �350 for the charity but would really like to raise more. ‘It would be fantastic if I could get up to �2,000’, he said.

Nearly nine million people in the UK experience some degree of hearing loss. That’s one person in every seven. Over 650,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf and could benefit from a hearing dog.

Hearing dogs change lives. They alert their deaf owners to sounds we take for granted, providing greater independence, confidence and security. Most are selected from rescue centres or donated as unwanted pets.

Mike added: ‘Please, through me, let us show Hearing Dogs for Deaf People that Aston University cares and together we can support this worthwhile charity.’

So your sponsorship will help do two things – give a home to an unwanted rescue dog or puppy and change someone’s life for the better.

So dig deep and send your pledges of support to Mike. You can email the amount you would like to give to m.r.clash@aston.ac.uk


For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 204 4552

Photo by Edward Moss – Mike Clash is pictured with Hearing Dog Chloe and her owner Barbara Maughan.

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