Daredevil mum Lizi's charity skydive raises almost £1,000

5th July 2017


A brave mum from Malton who battled with severe mental health problems has jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet to raise money for us.

Lizi Walker (43) - who is really scared of heights - did the skydive on Sunday 28th May at Bridlington Air Field.

Daredevil Lizi had a target of £375 through the skydive and she has smashed that amount raising almost £1,000.

Our office administrator Philip Hemingway was on hand to capture the moment on film which you can view on our YouTube channel.

She was cheered on by her mum, daughter, auntie and two friends.

SWR Mind is close to Lizi's heart as she was helped through a difficult time in her life by commuity support worker Sharon Van Ee from our Side by Side project.

Speaking after the jump Lizi, who bravely spoke about her experiences live on BBC Radio York, with Sharon, added: "I fely really nervous beforehand and I was pacing up and down.

"When I did the skydive it was brilliant, the adrenaline that shoots up your body is amazing. I didn't look down until we were half way but I had my eyes open the whole time.

"I was buzzing afterwards, I cried, only I know how far I've been and how far I've come. When I think about it, in the past six months I've been to Morocco, jumped out of a place and I camped with a friend at Summer Solstice at Stonehenge along with 500 other people. Last year, I actualyl found it hard to even leave my bedroom."

Chief Executive Officer Sophie Hall:"It's amazing that Lizi who is afraid of heights has done a parachute jump for us - it was a massive challenge and we are really grateful.

"I hope that by Lizi sharing her story, it shows people that things can get better and it gives hope for all of us who struggle with our mental health."

If you would like to sponsor Lizi you can visit her Just Giving fund-raising page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Elizabeth-Walker2017

To watch our video of Lizi's skydive visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOe03_v_M88 

If you are interested in doing a fund-raiser for us call us on (01723) 356562 or email us at info@swrmind.org.uk