This man is doing a skydive to help put on this year’s Preston Carnival

Posted on - 7th March, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Michael Dawkins in the Carnival

Michael Dawkins in the Carnival

A charity skydive is being held in order to raise money for Preston’s Caribbean Carnival.


The fundraiser is being completed by Michael Dawkins, 52, ex Chairperson of the Preston Caribbean Carnival.

The skydive will take place at the Black Night Parachuting Centre near Blackpool on 26 March.

The aim is to raise £3000 to put towards the over £25,000 cost of this year’s Carnival.

The Carnival takes place every year in which the city comes alive with processions, performances and dances to the the rhythms of the Caribbean.

Preston Caribbean Carnival 2015

Michael Dawkins said: “Although I chose not to continue being directly involved with the organisation of the PCC, I still hold great affection and interest in it.

“Tracey Harris took on the post of Chairperson although she hadn’t planned to do so and she asked if she could count on my help to ensure the PCC continued and that we got back on the road in 2017 onwards.

“Unsurprisingly, I said yes, of course I will and before I knew it I agreed to do a skydive to raise the £3k.

“I’ve never done anything so exciting and thrilling.”

Read more: Date set for Preston Caribbean Carnival to return

A fundraising page has been set up with GOFUNDME and a number of people have managed to get sponsors with sponsor sheets.

Michael added: “A number of people have expressed a desire to come and watch me float down to ground on the day.

“The PCC Committee plan to take the Preston Caribbean Carnival to the parachute centre creating a carnival spirit to the Flyde coast on the day of my skydive.

“I will be doing a tandem dive which makes me feel a lot more confident than otherwise.”

Michael, and the PCC Committee, hope to motivate local businesses to support the vent going forward and that more of the community will get involved to help raise the financial target each year.

They believe that it is a relatively small amount to sustain a positive community spirit, cohesion and diversity especially in times of uncertainty.

You can donate to Michael’s page online and follow updates via the Preston Caribbean Carnival website.

Have you been to Preston’s Caribbean Carnival before? What do you think about the charity skydive? Let us know in the comments below

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