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Issue Date:- 16 June 2008


RNID is calling on adventurous Merseysiders inspired by the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie to sign up for a thrilling skydiving mission.

The national charity, which represents 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK, is inviting people to register with RNID for tandem skydiving at an airfield in Cockerham, Lancashire.

"You’ll be safely strapped to your instructor for the jump, allowing you to enjoy the breath-taking views." says RNID.

By signing up for RNID’s skydiving programme, which is free to fundraisers who raise a minimum of £390, people can experience the adrenaline-boosting feat of falling through the sky from a height of approximately 10,000 feet. 

As places are limited and will be awarded on a 1st come, 1st served basis, anyone who wants to take part should register their interest as soon as possible.

Parental consent is required for 16 and 17 year olds who wish to sign up.

Caroline Jupe, RNID Events & Community Fundraising Manager, says:- “If you’ve a thirst for adventure like Indiana Jones, why not whip yourself into action and sign up now for an adrenaline-rushing RNID skydive to help change the world for the UK’s nine million deaf and hard of hearing people?”

For more information about RNID’s skydiving events, contact Caroline Jupe via:-

Telephone / textphone:- 0845 634 0687 (local rate)



THE Campaign to End Child Poverty expressed disappointment at the HBAI (Households below average income) statistics. The figures revealed that the number of children living in poverty rose slightly from the previous year.  Throughout the UK the number of children living in poverty had increased by 100,000 from 3.8m to 3.9m. The figures also showed that in the North West the percentage of children living in poverty remained the same at 31% (4). London with 41% had the highest rate.

Commenting on the HBAI report, Hilary Fisher, Director of End Child Poverty, said:- “This is the 2nd consecutive year without movement towards the child poverty targets. This reflects both the size of the challenge, and also that the Government still needs to make further financial commitments to achieve its goal.  We’re now moving to a critical point. Without a £3bn investment in tax credits and benefits the 2010 target to halve child poverty will not be met.  The impact of the £1bn the Government spent in the March budget isn’t reflected in these figures. That will lift a further 250,000 children out of poverty, but it still leaves a million children in need of help if we are to stick to the schedule the Government has set.

The UK is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, this is a problem we can afford to fix. What we cannot afford are the social and economic costs of continuing to fail our children.  Poverty in childhood can affect every aspect of person’s life. Children from poorer homes leave school earlier with fewer qualifications, depriving them of the opportunities available to others. They also have shorter lives, and will be more likely to suffer health problems throughout.  We can and we must end child poverty in the UK and the Government must keep the promise of a generation. That’s why we are running the Keep the Promise campaign. Join us, and demand a better future for all our children.”

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