Headteacher's skydive will help to pay for school repairs

Bridget Harrison, headteacher of Rackham Primary School in Witchford, will this month take on her fundraising skydive.

Bridget Harrison, headteacher of The Rackham C of E Primary School in Witchford, will this month take on her fundraising skydive. - Credit: Rackham School

A head is resorting to a fundraising skydive because there isn't enough government funding for much needed improvements to the school building and grounds.  

Bridget Harrison will be raising money for The Rackham C of E Primary School in Witchford on 11th September by falling through the air at 125mph from 15,000 ft, the highest skydive available in the UK. 

The funds raised will pay for improvements including classroom decoration, new carpets, replacing outdated and unreliable screens and enhancing the playground and field. 

Mrs Harrison said:: "We love and look after our school as best we can but over the years the building has suffered a lot of wear and tear and we simply cannot afford the TLC it deserves.

"I've therefore decided to join our Friends of Witchford Rackham parents who tirelessly fundraise for our school by jumping out of a plane and freefalling for 60 seconds!


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"I am incredibly nervous about this but it's for the children's benefit and will promote to them our school values of risk taking and determination." 

Parents' donations mean Mrs Harrison has already raised over £1500, but more is needed to fully modernise classroom and outdoor spaces. She is promising to share video evidence of her skydive, which will take place above the North London Skydiving Centre near Chatteris. 

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Vicki Speed, committee member of the Friends of Witchford Rackham fundraising group said: "Our fabulous, if slightly crazy headteacher is never one to take the easy option and has lovely reasons for wanting to raise this money for our primary school.

"We are urging parents as well as people in the local area and beyond to get behind her and donate because the money raised will benefit Rackham Primary School pupils for many years to come." 

Among the other school improvements on the wish list from staff and pupils is the repair of the children’s trim trail because it has been unsafe to use for several years now, repairing the outdoor swimming pool, an extension of the Forest School area and replacing the main window in the school hall, which is damaged.  

People who would like to donate to Mrs Harrison's fundraising effort should visit her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rackhamheadteacherskydive 

Bridget Harrison, headteacher of Rackham Primary School in Witchford, takes on a fundraising skydive on September 11.

Bridget Harrison, headteacher of The Rackham C of E Primary School in Witchford, will this month take on her fundraising skydive. - Credit: RACKHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

To donate, visit Bridget's JustGiving page.

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