Skydive cash handed to REFUGE by MP

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Explaining away some of the Coalition Government’s policies must be a daunting experience but it will likely have paled into insignificance compared to the MP for Eastbourne’s latest fundraising effort.

Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd took to the skies last month and jumped out of a small plane 12,000 feet above the Kent countryside to raise money for a local good cause.

Mr Lloyd managed to collect more than £1,500 in sponsorship, which had been earmarked for domestic violence charity REFUGE and in particular a local scheme which helps bring Christmas cheer to struggling families.

The Rotary AM member said the experience was ‘pretty scary’ but that he was delighted so much has been raised for both projects.

“REFUGE is a charity that AM has supported for more than ten years, and I am delighted it will be receiving £1,500,” he said.
“That money will be spent locally in Eastbourne, in particular buying Christmas presents and treats for those who will be in the refuge over the festive period, which must be such a tough time for the mums and kids.”
The MP spoke at Eastbourne AM’s weekly meeting and members were shown a six-minute video of the jump. A further £218 raised by a club at Ratton School was added to the pile.
A spokesman from REFUGE was there to accept a cheque and said, “ This will make a real difference to our refuge this Christmas.”