Zia takes on skydive challenge to raise funds for Bristol Older People’s Forum

March 26 2018

A MEMBER of the forum for older residents in Bristol is taking part in a skydive to raise funds.

A MEMBER of the forum for older residents in Bristol is taking part in a skydive to raise funds.

As previously reported in Bishopston Voice, Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) represents people in all areas of Bristol including Bishopston and Redland. The organisation is 25 years old this year, and trustee Tony Wilson, aged 81, is planning a tandem sky dive two miles up to show what older people can do.

Zia Haque has decided to join Tony in the challenge, which is taking place on Saturday April 14 in Old Sarum in Wiltshire. They are hoping to raise at least £2,000, which would cover most of the costs of the forum’s next newsletter, which is currently mailed to over ,3000 members, many of whom struggle with mobility issues and are not online.

 A resident of St George, Zia will be 70 years old in May. He is married with two sons and got involved in BOPF four years ago, initially joining the committee before it became a charity. He then stayed on as a volunteer, and also represents BOPF on the ITV West Country diversity board. 

Speaking of the work that BOPF does, Zia said: “It would be really great if readers can support BOPF – the voice of the over 55’s in Bristol. BOPF not only has free membership but also issues free newsletters throughout the year. It campaigns on many issues that relate to the older people such as loneliness, buses and transport, pensions, health and social care, security, dignity and much more.

“BOPF’s aim is that every older person in the city is an equal, valued, participating member of the community who can influence the decisions which affect their lives.”

Commenting on Tony and Zia’s sky dive, Judith Brown, Chair of BOPF, said: “The generosity of Tony and Zia, stepping forward and taking to the skies in support of the Bristol Older People’s Forum, is staggering. I’d like to thank them and all our supporters, without whom we wouldn’t be able to keep going.”

If you’d like to sponsor Tony and Zia’s sky dive, you can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/tony-sky-dive  

As well as sponsorship, BOPF is seeking additional ‘jumpers’ willing to take the leap with them and help raise the much-needed funds. Anyone interested must commit to raising at least £1,000 and pay for their own jump. To find out more, visit https://bopf.org.uk/donate