Tia jumps at the chance to raise money for a charity close to her heart

Daring Tia Hughes is embarking on her first ever skydive to raise funds for a charity that’s close to her heart.

Tia Hughes looking forward to her skydive
Tia Hughes looking forward to her skydive

Tia, who works at Derwen College, in Gobowen, near Oswestry, is embarking on a 10,000-foot skydive to raise money to support students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The learning support assistant at the specialist further education college will be jumping out of an aeroplane for Derwen Charity – a charity which provides opportunities, facilities and equipment to support people with SEND to experience a more independent future.

Her fantastic feat will take place on April 8 at Tilstock, near Whitchurch. It is the 22-year-old daredevil’s first ever skydive, and she’s excited and apprehensive about making the big leap.

“I’ve always thought about doing a skydive and it made sense to do it for charity. I’ve worked at Derwen College for over a year, and have seen first-hand how the college can change lives. I wanted to do something to be part of that.

“Our amazing students are constantly being challenged to reach goals and aspirations and push themselves out of their comfort zones. It’s important that staff lead by example and also go above and beyond to push themselves to be the best that they can be, too.”

Tia has so far raised £400 with help from supportive friends and family. Her mum, hairdresser Lisa Hughes, has been asking colleagues and customers at Chirk’s Guys & Molls hairdressers to support, and has a donation box and charity raffle at the Church Street salon.

If you’d like to sponsor Tia and raise funds for Derwen Charity then go online to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tia-hughes

The college offers students the opportunity to learn new skills in real work environments and to learn life skills which will enable them to live as independently as possible.

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