Skydive for Hospitality Action

Skydive for Hospitality Action

by Dave Barber

Sarah King SkydivingDuring May 2013, Orcinus, the leading Fresh Food Lead Hospitality recruiters, invited like-minded professionals to join them in an epic Skydive. The idea for the skydive was orchestrated by director Sarah King who has an extensive career across the hospitality sector and wanted to raise awareness for the charity Hospitality Action.

Sarah gathered the support of 10 hospitality professionals with the bravery to participate. This 10,000+ ft freefall was set to conicide with Hospitality Actions Annual Awareness Week on Tuesday 14th May 2013, however the great British weather was not on our side.

Paul Down very happy after his skydivePaul Down (Head Chef of The Running Horse, Winchester) was the first to jump on 4th May from Old Sarum in Wiltshire. We think he had the time of his life. (see photo left)

Sarah King, Dave Barber (Orcinus Recruit) and Duncan Jones (Head Chef of The Bell at Ramsbury) patiently waited over 9 hours for the skies to clear on 21st May at the Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent. A break in the clouds finally appeared allowing us to jump.


Adam Harty, (Head Chef of Botley Park Hotel) took to the skies on the 8th June.Adam Harty Ready to Jump

Both Paul and Adam were brave enough to go the extra mile, jumping from 15,000ft instead of 10,000ft.

On the 2nd of July the final 5 of our jumpers took to the sky, Chris Sullivan, Megan and Jodie Lynch, William Sutcliffe and Jack Luby (All linked to Chapter One, Kent and Chapters All Day Dining, London). It was Third time lucky for the remaining team, although a little cloudy they all successfully plummeted from the sky having a thoroughly good time, with yells of joy heard from miles around.

The final count is in for the total raised for Hospitality Action, an impressive £1,689. Well done to all the guys and gals for all your efforts!!

Speaking about the charity campaign Sarah King Director of Orcinus Said:

'"Having worked in the hospitality industry since the age of 14 I am only too aware of the many situations that hospitality professionals can encounter from depression to poverty. Hospitality Action is a Charity close to my heart who is focused 100% on supporting current and retired professionals. I hope our Skydive can help to raise awareness and funds to help them continue their amazing support"

Orcinus Recruit is already paving the way with a new ethical working ethos by developing and sustaining strong relationships with all Hospitality Professionals, they support everyone 100% of the way by offering a unique guarantee, with a dedicated and a completely ethical approach. Sarah now mentors and advises talented individuals in finding their next role in the hospitality and catering industry.

As well as guiding individuals who are already established in the industry, she also encourages new talent into hospitality by building strong bonds with Schools and Colleges to ensure fresh food led establishments continue to progress.


Team Orcinus Skydive Jump for Hospitality Action

About Hospitality Action:

Hospitality Action LogoEstablished in 1837 Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry Benevolent Organisation, has offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis.

Hospitality Action support people

  • Suffering from life altering illnesses
  • Experiencing poverty, bereavement and domestic violence
  • Retired from the industry who may be isolated

The money Hospitality Action raise goes towards

  • Grants for essential items including food, equipment and central heating
  • Supporting our often isolated and lonely retired hospitality workers
  • Running educational seminars advising catering students of the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse