Fund Raising Sky Dive raises £20,000 for local Hospice.
16 brave members of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury took to the skies in an adventurous sky dive at Hinton Airfield, Northants. An incredible £20,000 was raised for St Luke’s Hospice – our chosen charity partner – as part of the charity campaign in the lead up to Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury Grand Opening Festival in August.
The charity drive so far has seen the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury Mile, which saw the total amount raised by the Mandir over the years for Sport Relief break through the £40,000 mark, which was followed by the Mandir’s eleventh blood donation session on Sunday 13th April, bringing the total amount of units of blood collected at the Mandir to 1049, saving hundreds of lives along the way. The next events will be a swimathon in Lake Windermere on 15th June, a midnight walk on 27th June and a local sponsored bike ride on 3rd August – with proceeds again going to St Luke’s Hospice.
Acharya Swamishree Maharaj advocates “Dedicating one's life to the service of others is the truest celebration of a festival” and aims to inspire His followers and the local community alike to celebrate the Grand Opening of our new home by joining in and supporting one of these fantastic charitable activities - so please make sure all you friends, family and colleagues are either signed up or sponsoring!
Marlon Burton from St Lukes Hospice was thrilled with the event. He said “St Lukes Hospice is very grateful with the support we have received from Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Kingsbury and in particular the 16 people who braved the windy weather to jump out screaming all for a good cause.”
Bharat Pindoria, one of the skydivers, said “I would really like to thank all my friends and family who have donated to a great charity who are doing incredible work serving the local community”. He went on to say “It was a fantastic once in a lifetime experience. The exhilaration when we jumped out of the aircraft at over 13,000 feet was exceptional. I would like to thank my son Kushil who encouraged me to do the jump”
More details on our Charity Activities of Mandir