Our superyacht recruitment consultants have decided to swap the sea for the sky as they prepare to take on a tandem charity skydive for MIND.
Seven team members, including Managing Director, Tim Clarke, will take the plunge from 10,000 feet through the clouds over Salisbury in June in support of the mental health charity.
The challenge was initially a personal one set by our Interior Consultant, Emily, who wanted to raise money for organisations supporting people with mental health issues, but now others in the company have quite literally jumped onboard in true team spirit style.
Joining Emily and Tim are Deck Consultant, Tom Rose, Engineering Consultant, Samantha Botha, Deck Officer Consultant, Glen Campbell, Deck Resourcer, Antoine Miller and Marketing Manager, Charlie Flake – all of whom are hoping they might catch a glimpse of nearby Stonehenge and Salisbury Plain on their five-minute parachute glide following a 30 second exhilarating freefall.
Promoting positive mental health
A thrill-seeking team who often chase adventure both inside and outside the office wanted their latest escapade to be a particularly challenging one, but one that would also benefit a good cause.
Following the rise in mental health challenges and loneliness during the Covid pandemic, the team decided to take on a charity skydive to raise money for MIND – a national charity that works tirelessly to drive change from the top as well as give advice and support directly to people in need.
In the superyacht sector, crew have not been immune to the negative effects of the virus, with many either stuck onboard without leave or forced to take unpaid leave ashore in the absence of any international furlough scheme and often isolated from family friends.
To support crew specifically, Quay Crew have struck a partnership with a maritime mental health counselling service to provide all placed candidates with free access to a 24/7 helpline. But they wanted to support more people on the ground by firmly taking their feet off it.
Co-Director, Tim Clarke, commented: “Through surveys and ongoing communications with our candidates and clients, we know that the superyacht sector is on the verge of a mental health crisis, which is why we struck a partnership with Mental Health Support Solutions to support crew.
“In keeping with this theme, it felt only right that we do something closer to home to try and raise money for an organisation who can help a wider pool of people from all walks of life. MIND fits the bill perfectly and we are hoping that people will get behind us and show us their support through donations.”
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