Friday 10 July 2009


A Macclesfield woman is marking her 30th birthday by soaring like a bird, all in the name of charity.

Cath Harland, who works at Gilbert Lawton Volkswagen, is raising money for local children’s charity JJ’s Sensory Play Centre and will leap out of plane at 12,000ft, before parachuting back to earth.

The jump takes place next month and Cath is aiming at raising at least £500 for JJ’s, taking them nearer to the 2009 fundraising goal of £13,000 needed to install a hydrotherapy pool at the centre.

She said: “I’m nervous and excited about the jump because I’ve never done anything like this before.

“But it’s for a great local charity and I’m determined to reach my target, in terms of money raised and the landing spot!”

JJ’s, which relies entirely on donations, is a soft padded multi-sensory facility that provides relaxation and stimulation for children and adults with special needs.

The jump is another part of the continuing link-up with Macclesfield’s Volkswagen retailer, Gilbert Lawton, which has raised over £10,000 so far.

Joanne Griffiths, co-founder of JJ’s, said: “We are delighted at the many ways Gilbert Lawton and its staff are helping raise money for JJ’s.

“Without support like this JJ’s wouldn’t be able to develop the facility which helps to improve the lives of over 250 children and adults who attend the centre each week.”

Gilbert Lawton Macclesfield’s brand manager, Nick Ashton, said: ““JJ’s provides a fantastic service to the community and we’re delighted to have started in a positive way to raising funds to provide the spa.”

To sponsor Cath go to Gilbert Lawton Volkswagen on Lyme Green Business Park, call 01625 652 700 or log on to

Issued on behalf of Gilbert Lawton Volkswagen by Connect PR. For more information contact Richard Knowles on 01902 714 957 or email

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