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Derwen Learning Support Assistant Tia - pictured outside amongst the snowdrops - holds up a Derwen Charity collection bucket and promotional poster.
Tia has so far raised more than £400 for Derwen Charity.

Daring Derwen learning support assistant Tia Hughes is embarking on her first ever skydive to raise funds for Derwen Charity.

Tia, who works in Derwen Retail pathway, is taking on a 10,000-foot skydive to raise money to support students and clients with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Tia will be jumping out of an aeroplane for Derwen Charity which provides opportunities, facilities and equipment to students and our long-term clients to experience a more independent future.

Tia’s fantastic feat will take place on Saturday, 8 April, from Tilstock, near Whitchurch. It is the 22-year-old dare-devil’s first ever skydive, and she’s excited and apprehensive about making the big leap.

“I’ve always thought about doing a skydive and it made sense to do it for Derwen Charity. I’ve worked at Derwen College for over a year, and have seen first-hand how the college can change lives. I wanted to do something to be part of that,” she says.

“Our amazing students are constantly being challenged to reach goals and aspirations and push themselves out of their comfort zones. It’s important that staff lead by example and also go above and beyond to push themselves to be the best that they can be, too.”

So far, Tia has raised £400 with help from supportive friends and family. Her mum, hairdresser Lisa Hughes, has been asking colleagues and customers at Chirk’s Guys & Molls hairdressers to support, and has a donation box and charity raffle at the Church Street salon.

You can sponsor Tia’s skydive and raise funds for Derwen Charity at her dedicated JustGiving page

Derwen Charity has helped shape the College according to our students’ needs over the past 90 years. Thanks to fundraising, the College has been able to grow and adapt to become a leader among SEND colleges. Other charity events coming up include the Spinalong Spinathon and Derwen Fete Weekend.

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