One couple from England went on a skydive to raise money for charity. It was their first skydive. To top off the experience, it ended with a proposal.
Russell Hall and Fiona Baily from Frome, England participated in the charity skydive to raise money for the Maisha Foundation—a charity that helps educate, create food programs, and work on community projects.
The couple raised a total of £446. This exceeded their goal of £300. The couple’s skydive took place on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. local time.
“I organized the skydive as I’m turning 30 this year. I was more excited than nervous on the day,” Bailey said. “I had no idea what Russell was planning.”
Describing the experience of skydiving, Hall said, “I had so much adrenaline from the jump. It was surreal.”
Talking about his proposal, Hall said he wanted to make the moment special. “We’ve been together for five years so I knew Fiona was the one for me and we would marry one day,” Hall said. “I wanted to make it special, so when the opportunity came up to do a skydive together, it seemed too good to pass up. I had the idea about a month before we did the skydive.”
After his landing Hall said he ensured the ring made the journey, he walked toward Bailey. “I think she thought I was messing around when I got on one knee,” Hall said. “After explaining that, yes, definitely it was real, she said yes.”
Bailey said it did not register at first what Hall was doing. “I was so shocked,” Bailey said. “As soon as I realized what Russell was asking me, I said yes straight away.”
Alun Roberts, a chairman for the Maisha Foundation, congratulated the two on their engagement and on their contributions to the charity. “A huge thank you and congratulations are in order to two of our wonderful fundraisers and friends, Fiona and Russell,” Roberts said. “I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to them both for supporting our cause and give a massive congratulations on behalf of the whole Maisha team and myself, on their long and happy future together.”
Asante Sana, who works with the Maisha Foundation, expressed a similar sentiment in blog post on September 2, 2017 on the organization’s website. “A huge thank you and congratulations are in order to two of our wonderful fundraisers and friends, Fiona and Russ; who successfully completed their sky dives to raise funds for us on Friday September 1st,” Sana said.
The Maisha Foundation’s website states, “We believe that every child, irrespective of their background, deserves the right to free education, free food/water and a safe place to stay. No child living in poverty should ever be discriminated or ignored. These children are the future and through self-sustainability support, they can help themselves and their families escape this lifestyle for the next generation. In order to assist community development, we educate slum children, street children and orphans and feed them high nutritional meals twice a day. In addition, we provide skilled workshops to the youth.”
The website states that all donations, no matter how small, are welcomed.