Cook and deputy head in charity skydive


Preparing to jump … Sibford pupils help Garry Abbott and Maggie Guy experience being under a parachute.

A school cook and a deputy head teacher will be taking to the skies at the end of the month to raise money for worthy causes.

Garry Abbott and Maggie Guy of Sibford School are being sponsored to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet above Hinton Airfield near Brackley.

Garry, who is chef de partie in the school’s kitchen, will be raising money for Retrak, a charity that supports street children in Uganda. Meanwhile Maggie is hoping to fund three teachers from Uganda to come to the UK on a fact-finding mission.

Said Garry: “I was watching Comic Relief last year and decided I wanted to do something to help children in Africa. The school has links with Retrak … in the past the pupils have funded water harvesters … and so I thought it would be a good charity to support. I’ve never done a skydive before and was really looking forward to it, but as the day gets closer I’m starting to get a bit worried so I’m trying not to think about it too much!”

Added Maggie: “When Garry told me he was doing the skydive for Retrak I thought it would be fun to join him and help raise money to bring some of the Ugandan teachers over to Sibford. As a school we’ve been linked with Mbarara Preparatory School in Uganda for a number of years and last year established links with Mbarara Municipal School. We’ve already seen the benefit of sharing examples of our best practice with their staff. This year the British Council is helping to fund two teachers to come and visit us but we thought that if we could involve another three then it would really help to make a big difference to the teaching of children back in Uganda.”

The skydive is due to take place at midday on Saturday 29 March.

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