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Posted on: 29th April 2013

Suffolk Skydivers Jump for their Charity

Four intrepid local charity workers have named their own organisation, Open Road, to receive funds raised from a daring Skydive at Beccles Heliport at lunchtime on Saturday 11th May.

Nick Allard, Gary Paternoster and Richard Passey, photographed, are all based at Open Road’s Ipswich treatment centre. They will be joined by Becky McKenna who runs the Lowestoft centre. They will make the jump to raise in excess of £500 in donations. They will jump from 13,000ft and will be in the air for about 5 minutes before making a controlled landing back at the Heliport. 

Nick, who leads the Ipswich treatment team says: ‘For more than ten years, I have been working with people in their journey to recovery from drug and alcohol addictions, and I have seen them face tremendous hurdles and barriers and find the inner resources to overcome them. This parachute jump is honouring all the people I have worked with in the past and raising money for those I will support in the future. It is also helping me to face my own personal challenge to overcome my fear of heights.’

Becky form open Road Lowestoft has her own reasons for taking the plunge: ‘I’m looking forward to a milestone birthday this year, and just ticking off all the exciting things I want to do before I reach 40! What better than to fly to 13,000 feet and then jump out of a plane? I’m doing it for the thrill, and the fun, but also, on a more serious note, to raise money for Open Road – the charity I work for. We provide support and treatments for people from across East Anglia and their families who are affected by drug and alcohol addictions. Our work is really important and can literally help to turn people’s lives around. But we always need funding for new projects and equipment, for example tools and supplies for our new allotment project at Lowestoft.’

You can sponsor Nick Allard, Richard Passey or Becky McKenna online by visiting their Just Giving pages at Or contact Nick on 01473 212371

Notes to Editors:

Open Road is a registered charity and leading provider of drug and alcohol treatment services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road will be celebrating 25 years of delivering high quality services to empower individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol. Every year Open Road helps thousands of individuals and their families to combat their drug and alcohol addictions, offering a range of one to one support, group therapy and harm reduction services. Open road currently employs over 100 staff and has a team of over 200 volunteers who actively support our work.

For further information about Open Road please contact us.