One charity we love to support is the Rainy Day Trust as it the only charity which exists only to help the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry, including businesses such as DIY Shops, Hardware Stores and Builders Merchants, and the manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the UK who supply them. The Rainy Day Trust is there to support people within these sectors who fall into hard times, and is run by a Board of Trustees who represent retailers, supplier, wholesalers, trade associations and the trade press, and so naturally we feel a very strong need to support them and the wonderful work that they do.

When organiser Michael Dark approached us to see if we would be willing to participate in a tandem skydive with 19 other jumpers to help raise £20,000, Emma jumped at the chance, excuse the pun! The group was split into 2 due to poor weather conditions, but on 6th November she finally took to the sky after raising her £1,000 individual target.

DIY Weekly reported on the event  –

“Charity skydive raises £20k for RDT. The last of the skydivers completed their parachute jumps for the Rainy Day Trust on November 6, bringing the final total raised to around £20,000. The final jumpers included Deb Duncan, wife of RDT vice president Philip Duncan, Akzo Nobel’s Alistair McAuley and Emma Malam of Tembe DIY, with a total of 18 volunteers taking part in the event overall.

Organiser Michael Dark said of the skydivers: “They all did extremely well. It was a beautiful sunny morning and they had fabulous conditions.”Six people have already signed up to jump again next year, with the charity skydive set to become an annual event in the Rainy Day Trust calendar.

Mr Dark, who was one of the first to jump back in September, added: “It was a real success and it’s something we’re going to do again, possibly in September. It’s an amazing experience.”