for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality

Stonewall Scotland seeks daredevils to jump for equality

Skydive spaces available at events across the UK  

Sponsorship raised to help tackle homophobic bullying

Spaces are available now for thrillseekers to register for an exhilarating 10,000 foot freefall tandem skydive. While Scots jump at Errol Airfield, Perthshire, on 24 September, simultaneous jumps will be taking place at Brackley and Swansea airfields, all raising funds for Stonewall’s Education for All campaign against homophobic bullying.

To jump for free, supporters need to register by 22 July and pledge to raise £395 each in sponsorship. They can contact the charity on 0131 557 3679 or info@stonewallscotland.org.uk for a sign-up link, information pack and fundraising ideas.

The money raised will help fund Stonewall Scotland’s education work with local authorities, colleges and schools. Homophobic bullying is the second most common form of bullying in schools, and anyone can be targeted – whether they’re lesbian, gay, bi or transgender themselves, have gay family members or friends, or are just seen as ‘different’.

Alan Wardle, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “Homophobic bullying has devastating effects on young people’s education, school attendance, wellbeing and self-esteem. By enabling teachers and young people to tackle it, we want to shape a better Scotland for everybody.”


Notes

  • Stonewall Scotland works to achieve equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. 
  • The jump will be taking place at Errol airfield, Perthshire, on Saturday 24 September. 
  • Stonewall research ‘The Teachers’ Report’, 2009, found secondary and primary school teachers say homophobic bullying is the most prevalent form of bullying after bullying because of weight.

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