Staff bank on a safe return from skydive

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: Lloyds Bank manager Warren Winter with Hayley Mills, Carla Bond and Rob Kavanagh.

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: Lloyds Bank manager Warren Winter with Hayley Mills, Carla Bond and Rob Kavanagh.

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Imagine standing on the edge of a plane, heart in mouth, mind racing as you prepare to jump out into the blue sky below.

Skydiving is an experience that adrenaline junkies adore, but for three workers at Lloyds bank in Sudbury, it will be a leap into the unknown.

This Sunday, Carla Bond, customer service manager at the Market Hill branch, along with Rob Kavanagh and Hayley Mills, who both work in personal banking, will take to the skies for a 10,000ft skydive.

Although the jump is something the trio have always wanted to do, the high octane adventure is not being undertaken simply for fun, but to also raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“It is the bank’s charity of the year, but is also a charity that is close to a lot of people’s hearts – we have a colleague who lost their mum to the disease,” said Carla.

“It is very important we make it a success.”

The idea for the jump came from Hayley, 27, who has lived in Sudbury all her life and asked Rob, 34, from Great Cornard, and Carla to join her.

Initially, they set out to raise £1,500 but, thanks to a series of fundraisers, including cakes days and raffles, they have already surpassed that figure.

“Customers have been very supportive,” said Carla, 32, from Bury St Edmunds.

“People who have done it before have been wishing us luck, while others have been calling us mad. We have also had lots of help from businesses and everyone has really got behind us.”

The tandem jump will take place at Beccles airfield.

“None of us have done a skydive before,” said Carla. “We are all really excited.”

Lloyds will match the amount raised by each staff member up to £500.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/hayley-mills6.