A Kent businessman is going much more than an extra mile for one of his employees after committing to a 10,000 foot skydive that will hopefully give a couple the chance to realise their dream of having a baby.
Paul Blake, the Managing Director of Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells, was set to complete the jump on 30 September to raise funds for Ryno Glen, the store’s manager, and his fiancée, Amanda Bunce, in order to help them achieve a happy ending in their heartbreaking quest to become parents.
Paul stepped up to step out at nearly two miles high after seeing first-hand what Ryno and children’s nurse Amanda have endured in trying to become a family.
Their challenging journey has included three miscarriages, the frustration of unexplained fertility and, in 2019, the devastating blow that Amanda had cancer of the womb.
To save her life, Amanda underwent a complete hysterectomy, bilateral oophorectomy, and removal of pelvic lymph-nodes. Ryno’s health has suffered, too, the stress triggering epilepsy that he hadn’t experienced for 28 years.
Amanda’s sister will be a surrogate mother for the couple, but they have discovered that the IVF treatment and counselling will not be available through the NHS because Amanda does not have her own eggs. The couple need to raise £24,000, and Paul’s hoping that his skydive will make a significant contribution to the £10,000 that they still need to find.
Any additional funds from the skydrive will be donated to Cancer Research UK and the Mind & Epilepsy Society.
Paul has set up a Just Giving page for his skydive – to donate, please go to: