Daughter and father set to skydive to raise funds for dementia research

11 June 2018

Jumping out of a plane for dementia research isn’t your typical day out for a father and daughter, but that’s exactly what Ellie and Chris Robey are doing on 16 June.

Chris and Ellie Robey

Chris and Ellie Robey

The 21-year-old and her 49-year-old father are both nervous but also excited for their incredible skydive, which they are doing to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The skydive will be particularly special for them as it takes place the day before Father’s Day.

The pair’s jump is a part of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s national Skydive Day initiative, where they ask supporters to skydive on the same day all across the UK to raise vital funds for dementia research.

The pair have already raised almost £3,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, however, they are hoping that donations will continue to roll in until after the skydive.

Ellie initially came up with the idea of doing a skydive after deciding that she wanted to do something to help people with dementia.

As a part of her music degree, Ellie learned about music therapy and the benefits it can offer for people with dementia.

However, she wanted to do something that could raise funds for research as there are currently no treatments that can slow or prevent the development of the condition.

She said:

“As a part of my degree, I study music therapy and I learned about how it can be really helpful for people with dementia. It’s something I got to see first hand when I volunteered in a care home where myself and some others performed for the residents who had dementia.

“It was a really rewarding experience and was great to see the way they got really into the music.

“After I volunteered there, I decided I wanted to do something practical to help raise funds for dementia research. Everybody is touched by dementia in some way – the condition is so common. I wanted to help fund research, which is why I decided to do the skydive.

“After I decided to do it, Dad asked if he could get on board too. He volunteers with older people and has seen first hand the impact dementia has on them.

“I’m really delighted to be doing this with my dad. It’s nerve wracking, but I’m also hoping it’ll be a lot of fun!”

Ellie is hopeful that research into dementia may lead to new treatments in the future.

“My dad and I both see research as incredibly important. We all know people who have been personally affected by dementia. It would bring huge peace of mind for families if a treatment was found that could slow or prevent the development of this cruel condition.”

If you would like to donate to Ellie and Chris’s skydive challenge, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robey-skydive

Audrey Tietz, Supporter Care Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie and Chris for taking on this skydive and for participating in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Skydive Day.

“It’s always amazing to see so many people taking on skydives to raise funds for dementia research, and there is something really special about seeing a father and daughter take it on together.

“There are currently over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it recently became the leading cause of death. By raising funds for dementia research, Ellie and Chris are helping us to fund pioneering dementia research projects across the globe. We couldn’t be more grateful.”

If you would like to sign up for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s next skydive day on 22 September, you can register here: https://alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/fundraise/skydive/