Richmond business owner skydives for charity

Beki Stevenson, owner of Berber Leather, before the skydive.

A local business owner from Richmond has raised more than £1,500 by doing a charity skydive for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Beki Stevenson, owner of Berber Leather, completed the tandem skydive on Wednesday in memory of her grandma who passed away from the disease in 2017.

The jump was part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s One Giant Leap which sees hundreds of people across the UK taking part in tandem skydives while raising thousands of pounds for the charity.

Beki’s initial target was £500 but generous sponsors have helped her to raise over triple the amount with donations still coming in.

“I actually got a call from the Alzheimer’s Society to say I was one of the top 3 fundraisers in the country for the October Jump, so a big thank you to everyone who helped me get to that amount!” said Beki.

“The money raised will be used by the society to further research into the disease and also to provide care and support for Dementia sufferers.

“It was an absolutely exhilarating experience.

“It’s something I’ve always quite fancied doing. When I looked into the ins and outs of doing a skydive I read about the Alzheimer’s Society’s One Giant Leap and it seemed a perfect fit for what I wanted to do.”

Alzheimer’s Society is committed to spending at least £150 million over the next decade on dementia research to improve care for people today and find a cure for tomorrow.

This includes £50 million to develop the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Despite these figures, dementia research is desperately underfunded.

“Having seen the impact of the disease first hand, it’s become an important cause close to my heart” said Beki.

“I hope that in the future we can be steps closer to finding a cure or at least delaying the onset of dementia which would have a huge impact on the lives of not only those who suffer it but their families as well.”

Beki is still accepting donations and you can donate to her cause through her Just Giving Page for more information about the work done by the Alzheimer’s Society, you can visit their website