• 0151 343 1963

  • The Kimpton Team parachuting for Cancer Research

    We all know someone affected by cancer. We’ve probably all lost someone to the many variants of the hideous disease. According to figures from Cancer Research UK, 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetimes. Thankfully, due to the incredible work of the UK based charity, the number of people who survive it, has doubled in the last 40 years. As a charity, they were badly affected by the Covid pandemic and donations fell markedly, but with that becoming slightly less of an issue, it’s time for the fundraisers to step forwards again.

    And this is where our own Megan Swanick stepped in, Megan, 29 has been with Kimpton for four years and has recently seen her own Mum recover from her own battle with cancer.

    And the moment when Megan leaves the plane at 15000 ft for the Kimpton Skydive

    “I’d always wanted to do a parachute jump. Since I was little it’s been a dream of mine and raising money for cancer research, seemed like a win-win. When I mentioned it in the office, Phil Higham immediately stepped forward too. So we put it out to the whole team in June and by 14th August, eight of us were stepping into the back of a plane to jump out of it.”

    The intrepid team from left to right were Rob Brine, Phil Higham, Megan Swanick, Callum Morgan, Ellie Jervis, Tony Ferguson, Keith Watts and Paul Cooper. Here they are, pictured below.

    The intrepid Kimpton Skydive team

    The location for the skydive was the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham, Lancashire. They offer three options of Tandem Freefall heights from 7,000ft to the highest in the UK at 15,000ft. Obviously, they opted for the biggest one, because why wouldn’t you? 😳

    Speaking to Megan about the skydive she said “It was everything I thought it would be and more. When you jump out you’re above the clouds, so all you see is blue sky. It’s beautiful. Then you’re free-falling for the first 60 seconds or so, it doesn’t really feel like your falling, but when you’re being pelted with rain at 160mph as you fall through the cloud, you can certainly tell you’re moving quickly. The Instructors were protecting my face, without me even noticing. When you’re at your maximum speed, it’s actually quite hard to breathe, but the adrenalin is incredible.”

    Each of the Kimpton team paid for their own parachute jump and the Just Giving page is ticking along nicely. If you’d like to donate a little yourself, it would be very, very welcome.

    Back to Megan.

    “We initially set ourselves a very low target of only £250, but when we passed the magic £1,000 it was a great feeling. It’s the sort of money that starts to make a difference. Obviously, we’d love it to be much more, so we’re keeping the donation page open for a few weeks yet. What has struck me is that there are no huge donations in there, it’s just lots of kind individuals reaching into their own pockets to help.

    So the obvious question is what’s next?

    “There were a few in the team who missed out due to holidays or illness, so I’m sure there will be another company outing to Black Knights sometime soon. For us, we have another challenge in mind, but all will be revealed soon. I’m not turning into a charity adrenalin junkie just yet, but the next one will be every bit as challenging and almost as fast.

     

    If you would like to donate, please click the link here.

    «Back to Blog

    What our customers say

    • Kimpton Energy Solutions have provided a reliable and helpful service at Dover and Philharmonic Court since they were opened in 2014 /15. A good working relationship is maintained with the service engineers and having a key account manager who is responsive and maintains regular communication has been a key factor in service provision.Having a…

    • Kimptons provided a ‘planned maintenance schedule’ to suit our academic year requirements and maintained the dates set out. Their engineers were always well presented and aware of how to conduct themselves within our environment. They were all trained and knowledgeable on the various items of equipment they came to work on. Mr Mike Pickles,…

    • We are happy with the service Kimptons have provided over the years. Their engineers are local and have great knowledge of our systems. We have built up an excellent working relationship with service engineers along with their office staff. Mr Kevin Foy, Notre Dame College

    • The Kimpton engineers on site are always accommodating to requests from the estates team with regards to heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues. The planned maintenance schedule has developed over the years and works well throughout the year. Having a key account manager who attends site on a weekly basis provides an excellent line…

    • The installation will improve the comfort conditions in several areas of the school servicing both pupils and staff. We are very experienced in undertaking projects in these conditions were flexibility and careful scheduling is key and this was crucial to our appointment on this contract.

    • We have been using TKR Services since their inception and during that time they proved to be not only commercially competitive, but also, looking from an Engineers point of view they have strived to provide the highest quality work.

    • The Plaza is a showpiece building for Bruntwood in Liverpool and we have since made it our own headquarters in the city. To reflect this, we needed to ensure that the fit out was of the highest quality, whilst maintaining the high levels of service our tenants expect from Bruntwood.