They’re raising money for a cystic fybrosis charity
The Cougars cheerleading squad are used to gravity-defying routines, but this June they’re taking a slightly more spectacular fall through the air.
19 members of the team will be throwing themselves out of a plane in a tandem skydive as part of their efforts to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening, genetic condition which affects more than 10,000 people in the UK. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust are working towards life-changing care and treatments for those who suffer from this illness.
The decision to raise money for this charity was made because first year Business Management and Economics student Ruana Fletcher – a recent addition to the squad – has battled the illness her entire life.
Ruana told The Tab: “Cystic fibrosis has affected my day-to-day life every single day for the past 19 years. It’s mandatory to take endless medication, stay clear of toxins and control daily activity just to remain relatively healthy and well”.
“We need to find a cure and new treatments, so that those living and suffering with the condition can have a better quality of life and live as long as they deserve to.”
Ruana has made many friends as a result of her illness and this has really helped with her fundraising. She recently had the opportunity to meet up with another cheerleader who also battles cystic fibrosis.
Cheer teams and organisations up and down the country have also been backing the Cougar’s cause. ICC (International Cheerleading Coalition), Future Cheer and Excel Cheer all donated money towards the team’s skydive and one of the world’s leading cheerleaders, Gabi Butler, has even helped the team try to reach their £3,500 target.
President of the team Chloé Lister told The Tab: “After seeing the first-hand effects of cystic fibrosis, I’m doing all I can to help back Ru’s campaign. Ru is an incredibly dedicated and passionate individual. It’s inspirational to see how much she wants to make a difference in life.
“I’m hoping the skydive will raise more awareness of what CF is, and the lack of cure for it”.
As well as falling through the air from a great height, the squad have sold sparkly cheer bows, ran marathons, held bake sales, completed obstacle courses dressed as Christmas presents and even got their kit off for a naked calendar. All in just six months.
In total, the squad have already raised over £4,270 for various charities this year, but that’s not stopped them from demonstrating some serious cheerleading skills too. Last month the Level 3 co-ed team won National Championship status.