Jumping for joy at Erddig

Dawn and James getting ready for their parachute jump by jumping from the steps at Erddig

A parachute jump is not something you’d usually associate with wellbeing, but the team at Erddig is fundraising to create a special area for everyone to enjoy, especially those who may struggle with accessing the countryside and those for whom anxiety and depression is daily battle.

Imagine a fully accessible space on our estate where everyone can connect with nature and rest for a moment. That's what the team here at Erddig is hoping to achieve with our latest fundraising project.

Daring duo

The daring duo who’ve set themselves the terrifying fundraising challenge is Dawn our Business Support Officer and James our Head Ranger. And on 17 August they’ll be jumping out of a plane at 10,000 ft!

When asked how she came up with this idea Dawn said:

“I was sat with friends wondering what I didn’t want to ever do, so that more people would support Erddig. Having dismissed swimming with sharks, climbing a mountain and thinking no-one would sponsor me for a spa marathon, we decided parachuting was the best option.  

“In modern society there are so many stresses and strains that people face, with some paralysed by their fears and anxiety, I really hope that by facing this challenge we can achieve our target to raise £15,000 to create a new space dedicated to wellbeing.”

Dawn and James are fundraising to create a space dedicated to wellbeing
Dawn and James pose on the steps at Erddig ahead of their fundraising skydive
Dawn and James are fundraising to create a space dedicated to wellbeing

Head Ranger, James Stein said:
“I spend most days outdoors on the Erddig estate and see thousands of people enjoying the hidden treasures a beautiful place like this can offer. Sometimes I work on tall trees, but 10,000 feet is something else!"

Make a donation

You can help by making a donation via Just Giving, or by purchasing a raffle ticket when from one of our volunteers when you visit. All funds raised will remain here at Erddig, allowing us to deliver this special project, complete vital conservation work and to look after this special place for ever, for everyone. 

It’s widely acknowledged that nature nurtures, whether it’s soaking up a view, spotting wildlife or simply noticing the beautiful sights and sounds only special places like Erddig can bring. Creating an accessible wellbeing space will hopefully make a difference to thousands of people, whether they live locally or visit us for the day.