Sky Jump Experience – Teenager Raised Money for WAVE Trauma Centre

4th September 2014

Jacintha Whinnery from Limavady did a daring parachute jump in aid of WAVE Trauma Centre and raised an incredible £1540. “My family was effected by the Troubles and WAVE helped us through difficult times”, explains Jacintha in her kind and compassionate way: “So I’d thought I give something back.” Over a period of 12 months, Jacintha used every opportunity to raise money, starting by knocking doors, having a coffee morning at WAVE Trauma Centre and even asking participants on a Scotland trip to contribute to the good cause. She also had good support from her parents Rodneyand Christine. Rodney even paid for the tandem jump, so that all money would go towards WAVE.

The tandem sky-dive took place at the Wild Geese Sky-DivingCentre in Garvagh on Friday 22nd August. Originally it was planned for Saturday 16th August, but had to be postponed due to bad weather. Attached to the instructor, Jacintha exited the aircraft at over 10,000 feet and experienced a free-fall to 6,000 feet. Then the instructor opened the canopy and steered both of them safely to the ground. It was Jacintha’s first jump, and she was really excited. Her first reaction: “That was amazing – I want to do it again!” She also thanked all the people for their donations: “It is fabulous how kind people are.”

On behalf of the WAVE Trauma Centre, Sonja Tammen, Project Manager Ballymoney WAVE Trauma Centre,  thanked the teenager and her parents for their commitment and generosity: “Jacintha is a remarkable person, adventurous and brave, determined and with a huge heart. We at WAVE appreciate so much the fundraising she did to support WAVE Trauma Centre. The money will be put to good use, providing support and services to those bereaved, traumatised and injured due to the Troubles.”