Today, forty fearless fundraisers took the leap of a lifetime in the first ever Oompa-Loompa Skydive for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
The weather report has just come in and it seems that it took a peculiar turn in Peterborough today. What from a distance seemed to be rain over the western region of the town, turned out to be groups of Oompa-Loompas falling from the sky. Passers-by may have been confused but fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may know that today is Roald Dahl Day.
The Marvellous Oompa-Loompa Skydive took place because Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity decided to celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday and 50 Whipple-Scrumptious years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a little differently this year.
Jodi Betts, a Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurse, was one of the first to take part, jumping 13,000 feet and plummeting towards the ground at speeds of over 120mph who said; “The skydive itself was a real test for me but it doesn’t even come close to the daily challenges faced by thousands of seriously ill children around the UK.”
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity helps seriously ill and disabled children who have the biggest needs. This might be because they have a serious rare condition, be living in poverty, or not have any family at all. The charity makes life better for seriously ill children in many ways including by creating and funding specialist children’s nurse posts, such as Jodi’s.
Jodi Betts is a Roald Dahl specialist nurse based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, who decided to step out of the hospital and then out of a plane. She provides specialist care and support for children and young people with serious blood illnesses in the Eastern region of England.
Jodi said “I was thrilled to be able to give something to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity because they have created and funded my fantastic role at Addenbrooke’s. I was really scared about doing the jump but then I’d think of all the children I help and it made it all worthwhile.”
Oompa-Loompas travelled for miles to take part - from Wales to Yorkshire. The event has raised over £20,000 so far, which could help a Roald Dahl nurse help around two hundred families for six months. Read about Harley, a little boy who Jodi has been helping to make life better for.