07 Nov 2014
Shaun Phillips, a Stagecoach Megabus driver on their European routes based at the Rugby depot, experienced his first ever tandem skydive on 29th October at the Hibaldstow Airfield Skydiving Centre near Scunthorpe. Shaun’s partner Kerry bought him the skydive for his birthday in May.
“I have always wanted to do a skydive and when one of our drivers approached me with a sponsor form for Children in Need and asked if I could help, I decided to do the jump for the charity”, Shaun said.
He made the jump from 15,000 feet harnessed to the front on a fully qualified parachuting instructor and enjoyed one adrenaline-fuelled minute of freefall, reaching a speed of 120mph before the parachute kicked in.
Shaun, who has been with Stagecoach Megabus Europe for six years, raised sponsorship from his colleagues at the Rugby depot and from friends, and Stagecoach Midlands contributed £400 towards his fundraising efforts. Altogether he raised £1,000 for Children in Need.
“I would like to thank Kerry, my partner, for buying me this amazing experience and my friends and colleagues for their generosity in sponsoring me, and Stagecoach Midlands for their wonderful contribution,” Shaun said.
Steve Burd, MD of Stagecoach Midlands said “We were delighted to help Shaun with his fundraising for such a deserving cause. We believe it is important for us to support our staff in this way as their efforts will often help the local community in which we operate.