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October
2017
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15:32
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E.ON colleagues take a leap of faith with parachute jump for Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s is such a common condition and can affect people of all ages. A parachute jump is something I’ve always wanted to do but my fear of heights had put me off. Once I heard Leo was planning a jump for Alzheimer’s Society, I plucked up the courage to join him.
Lorie Hollies, E.ON Customer Resolution Manager

Two colleagues from E.ON’s Kingswinford office spurred each other on to conquer their nerves and complete a parachute jump together, raising more than £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Society in the process.

Leo Chell and Lorie Hollies each had a strong personal motivation for choosing to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society, which has been E.ON’s official charity partner since 2016.

Leo said: “My stepdad suffers from dementia so I know all about the impact it can have not just on the person but also on their family and friends. I fancied doing a parachute jump and it made sense to use it as a way of raising funds for a deserving cause.”

Lorie, who joined E.ON two and a half years ago, said: “I was previously a support worker for people with mental illness. Alzheimer’s is such a common condition and can affect people of all ages. A parachute jump is something I’ve always wanted to do but my fear of heights had put me off. Once I heard Leo was planning a jump for Alzheimer’s Society, I plucked up the courage to join him.”

Leo and Lorie jumped from 13,000 feet over Nottinghamshire, and were in freefall for around 40 seconds before their parachutes opened. The money that they raised through sponsorship will be used by Alzheimer’s Society for community-based Dementia Support Workers.

Joanne Dobbie, Regional Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Society said: “It never ceases to amaze me how people are able to face their fears to raise money for us. We’re delighted with the fundraising efforts of Leo and Lorie as well as the numerous other E.ON employees who have run, cycled and scaled heights in the name of charity. This money will help fund valuable services for those currently living with the condition.”

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

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For more information contact:

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183 681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy, 02476 180 523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Fiona MacGregor, 07976 374 161, fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

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