It will be one step for Donna, one giant leap for polio when Rotary Great Brittian & Ireland President Donna Wallbank takes part in a tandem skydive later this year to coincide with Volunteer Expo in Birmingham. Donna explains why she has decided to make the charity jump from the Hinton Skydiving Centre in Northamptonshire.
By Dave King
Published Date: January 27, 2020

Icould have played darts, knitted squares to make blankets for the needy, walked on the treadmill to fundraise or, if I was brave enough, challenged myself to do something memorable to make a difference.

Something so memorable that when I’m sat in my rocking chair at 80-years-old, I can say ‘I did that and I was really part of making a difference!’

All this, knowing that my little part helped give polio vaccine to a child who may go on to develop a vaccine for another disease. We never know when our little bit of help will make a more significant difference for our world.

So why a skydive?

My daughter, and some of my salon team in Brynmawr, had done a tandem skydive a few years ago. When I was talking to Steph about what I could do, she said ‘skydive Mam’.

Now, I am terrified of heights. I laughed and said ‘no way’.

But I thought long and hard over Christmas what I could do that was good enough and the skydive kept coming back into my head.


I hope my Rotary friends will sponsor me with the video of the jump proof that I did it!

You can watch me on the video, hopefully with no screaming, crying or being pathetic. But you will also know that my 1240 challenge got me moving so we can end polio sooner rather than later!

My fundraising target is £12,400.

If you would like to sponsor me in this activity, I would be humbled and a child somewhere will be grateful.

Follow the link to support Donna in her daring fundraising challenge!

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