Charlie's Star supporters skydive to support bereaved families

Charlie's Star supporters skydive to support bereaved families

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:43am 12th September 2019. (Updated at 5:48am 12th September 2019)

The Bulford based charity provides respite breaks for those who have lost a child.

Charlie's Star launched in March this year and has so far helped two Wiltshire families to give them some time to reflect after a tragic loss.

They get the opportunity to go on a fully funded 7 day break to Cornwall.

One of the families to have benefitted said:

"We would like to thank Charlie's Star from the bottom of our hearts for providing us with a holiday. We had been through so much in the last few months since our son died, and this was the much needed break that we all needed to reconnect as a family."

SKYDIVERS HELP RAISE FUNDS

Charlie's Star Charity Skydive Netheravon September 2019
The Charlie's Star team nervously await the go ahead of the plane

Charlie's Star managed to get 11 of their supporters to agree to jumping out a plane as a fundraiser for the charity.

The team took to the skies alongside the Army Parachute Association at Netheravon.

The jump took place just a few weeks before the charity's inspiration, Charlie Burns, would have celebrated his 18th birthday.

Charlie passed away at the age of 10 from SUDEP, or Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy.

Charlie's Star Charity Skydive Netheravon September 2019
The skydivers were treated to some incredible views over Salisbury Plain

The skydivers have raised around £6,000 for the cause.

The money raised is enough to fund respite holidays for three more families to spend some time away at the worst possible time.

Charlie's Star founders Jan and Baz Burns said: 

"The lives (of bereaved families) will never be the same again, but hopefully Charlie's Star will enable families to spend precious time together without causing any additional financial burden, allowing them time to reflect and make new memories on their journey that will last a lifetime without their gorgeous child."

Charlie's Star Charity Skydive Netheravon September 2019
Charlie's mum Jan (centre) was among the parachute jumpers

MORE SKYDIVES TO COME

The charity's also decided to make parachute jumps an annual event. 

They've planned another event at Netheravon on June 28th 2020.

It's hoped they can get 25 people signed up, to raise £10,000 for Charlie's Star.

Charlie's Star Charity Skydive Netheravon September 2019
Jan Burns celebrating a successful jump!
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