Sky’s the limit for RNC students

The 2014 Parachute team - Idil, Ceri, Rheanna, Serkan, Haydar and India are gathered around a bench outside the Student Hub

When students finally leave college it is traditional to celebrate with prom balls, parties and general high jinks. But for six Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) students the suggestion of a sponsored parachute jump has taken end of term revelries to a whole new level.


Mark Goddard, a family friend of student India Johnston came up with the idea as a really spectacular way to mark the end of India’s time at RNC and raise funds for the College. Another five other students quickly realised an opportunity like this might not come around again so all seven will be heading for Oxfordshire at the end of June to make the epic sky dive. Duke of Edinburgh candidates Serkan, Idil and Ceri will use the event to complete the fundraising part of the Silver Award.


“I’m really quite nervous and scared about the parachute jump, but excited too. I’ve already done a Firewalk at RNC. I’m up for anything a bit daring.” commented India.


Her thoughts were echoed by Serkan Atila, also from London: “We haven’t been doing any particular preparation, so I expect they’ll tell us what to do nearer the time. When I did the 10 mile Black Mountain Challenge last year I trained in the gym every day beforehand. You get a real sense of achievement when you do things like that, and I’ve done things at RNC that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise, like playing Blind Football.”


Haydar-Ali Ismail from Manchester had no hesitation putting his name forward. “I thought it would be nice to jump out of an aeroplane.’ he explained. ’My aim is to try everything.”


Haydar, who is studying Business, French, IT and Psychology, aims to go to university after his A level studies. “RNC has really built my confidence, the independence skills I have learnt will help me a lot in life. I want to grab any new experiences, any opportunities.’ He enthused. ’I’d love to try a bungee jump next.”


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