With less than two weeks to go before he leaps out of an aeroplane thousands of feet in the sky, The Mall Blackburn’s Jason Cothliff is calling for last minute donations to help his team reach its fundraising target!

He has joined forces with seven colleagues and friends to organise and take part in a skydive on Sunday 19th August to raise at least £3680 for the shopping centre’s Charity of the Year, Theo’s Warriors – and they have less than £500 to go!

The charity supports children and their families through their cancer diagnosis and beyond.

Jason, who is The Mall Blackburn’s Ask Me Point Supervisor, is nervous about the challenge ahead. He said: “I am terrified of jumping out of an aeroplane but I am determined to do it for this fantastic cause.

“We have been working with the team at Theo’s Warriors for a few months now and hearing about all these brave little children fighting this huge battle has really struck a chord with me.

“We have a Just Giving page and have been doing bucket collections in The Mall. As usual, our fabulous shoppers have been extremely generous and we have raised almost £3200 out of £3680 so far.

“It is great to be surrounded by my colleagues and friends who are also taking part, and while we are all nervous, I am sure the day will prove to be an uplifting experience to say the least!”

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, added: “Every year we receive lots of applications for our charity of the year and it is always extremely difficult to choose one.

“This year we were all touched by the story of Theo’s Warriors and it was a unanimous decision. Our staff always go above and beyond to raise money for our charity, but I think this is the biggest challenge yet!

“A huge well done to everyone for working so hard to raise money for this very deserving charity.”

Theo’s Warriors is run by a group of volunteers that have first hand experience of the terrible disease.

Easing the financial burden of not being able to work and spending lengthy periods of time in hospital, providing much needed emotional support 24 hours a day or helping with family days out, Theo’s Warriors does everything it can to help people through their most difficult times.

Janet Cottam, who is a Trustee for Theo’s Warriors and a close family friend, said: “When you are faced with something so terrible, the worst news in the world, you want to talk to other people who have been through it.

“We can give people hope and advice from our first hand experiences and after everything we went through, if there is anything at all we can do to help others then we want to do it.

“Fundraising events such as Jason and his friends bravely taking part in this skydive really do make a massive difference as there isn’t enough support out there for families.”

The team taking part are: Jason Cothliff, Ask Me Point Supervisor, Darren Neilson, Security Supervisor at The Mall Blackburn as well as their friends Luke Potter, Liam Pearson, Daniel Warland and Louise Moden. Friends of Theo’s Warriors Koulton Bramley and Carrie Anne McClelland-Hurst are joining them.

Donations can be made by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/the-mall-blackburn-sky-dive

Picture shows: Jason Cothliff and Luke Potter on his most recent bucket collection in The Mall Blackburn

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