STARS Dorset provide several different types of support including an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service, Counselling, a Children and Young People's Service and a Support Line. As a registered charity, they rely on the generosity of donations and commissioned funding for specific programmes of work, details of which can be found on their website (

All I'm doing is falling out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft at 15,000ft so I can tumble through the air before being gently returned to earth under a few square meters of nylon. In return, and to recognise and support the great work that STARS Dorset does, I'm shamelessly asking for a donation towards my minimum fundraising target of £550.

The past 12 months has been a really difficult time for all charities because the ability to raise essential funding has been extremely limited. So, as we slowly emerge from lockdown, please have a thought for those that have suffered (or will suffer) some form of sexual violence. Please help me help STARS Dorset. We might look like heroes jumping at 15,000ft, but the real heroes are those that donate and give us the reason to jump.

Ian Gray