Caring colleagues took to the skies to help raise funds for a much-loved SK workmate who suffered life changing brain injuries.

Craig Fielden, 52, a longstanding employee at our distribution warehouse in Wynyard, spent four months in a coma and a year in hospital after the brain haemorrhage and several subsequent seizures.

Now recuperating back home with his wife and two daughters, he has been left paralysed with limited upper body movement, blind and with limited speech. Doctors hope in time his condition will improve   

Colleague Nikki Foy said Craig’s friends at SK Foods were left shocked by what had happened and determined to do what they could to help him and his family.

“It just shows you never know what is round the corner. Craig is one of our own and his sense of humour and fun spirit are still very much part of who he is. We wanted to help in whatever way we could,” said Nikki.

Various ideas were put forward to raise money to help Craig’s family and fund adaptations to his home. A golf day took place and ten of the more adventurous SK staff, including Nikki, opted for a sponsored skydive.

“I’d advise everyone to do at least one skydive, it’s an incredible experience – though I’m not sure I’d repeat it,” said Nikki.

The team gathered at Shotton airfield and to increase the tension had to wait up to five hours for the wind to die down before taking to the air for a tandem jump with a professional.

“You freefall for 60 seconds at 120mph, my partner had me doing spins and flips. He was pointing out various landmarks but to be honest I was just focussing on breathing,” said Nikki.

“When the parachute opened, I felt safe, I knew then I was going to survive and could look out to the coast and enjoy the descent.”

So far Team SK have raised over £5,000 for Craig and his family. Donations can still be made at the Go Fund Me page.

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