Two long-serving National Autistic Society staff members recently took part in a skydive to raise awareness and funds for autism during World Autism Awareness Week.

NAS staff members take to the skies!

Sarah Morgan, Team Leader at Glamorgan House daytime hub, and Angharad Humphreys, Manager at the charity’s Rhyd Hir and Pale Road residential homes, have worked at the National Autistic Society for 9 and nineteen years respectively.

The pair decided that, as well as offering an opportunity to fundraise for the National Autistic Society, a skydiving event would be a great way to take part in WAAW and increase public awareness and understanding of autism. By fundraising through family, friends, local residents and businesses, they were able to achieve this goal and raise £800 for the charity.

Sarah and Angharad organised their skydive to take place at a local airfield and were greeted after their big jump by colleagues and people they support through their work with the charity, who had come along to watch.

Angharad said, “We were so nervous before we jumped, but it was absolutely worth it. This was our way of celebrating the autistic people we support and raising local awareness and understanding of autism, and it was even more special because we were able to celebrate afterwards with the people we were doing it for.”

Sarah Morgan prepares to land!
The pair are very pleased with the results of their event and are looking forward to putting the funds raised towards an exciting project for the autistic people and families they work with at the charity.

Sarah said, “We still have donations coming through so once we have a final total, we will decide how to spend the money raised. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved.”

If you’re an adrenaline junkie who is inspired by Sarah and Angharad’s skydive, we regularly update other opportunities to Go Extreme for the National Autistic Society on our website.

And if high-flying antics aren’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other ideas for how to get involved in fundraising and autism awareness on our Get Involved page.

Well done Sarah and Angharad, and thank you!