Skydiving for furry friends: Maria Penfold

LLANELLI girl Maria Penfold, along with her team of three brave women, Chelsea, Steph and Helen collectively known as ‘The Four Furry Fliers’, plan to do a skydive in aid of Many Tears Animal Rescue, based in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

Explaining what prompted her to organise the event, which will take place at Swansea Airport on the morning of Sunday 16th September, Maria said, “After I stopped fostering, I wanted to continue supporting the vital work that Many Tears does to rescue and rehome dogs.

“What many people don’t realise is that whilst it costs £220 to adopt a dog, often a dog needs a lot of medical treatment, sometimes costing thousands of pounds. Heart conditions and sight problems are common issues that need specialist and expensive treatment.

“Many Tears rehomes around 3000 dogs per year on a tiny fraction of the funding that Dogs Trust, Battersea or the RSPCA get. To help them means they can save even more.”

Maria’s involvement with Many Tears began when she volunteered as a dog walker. She then went on to foster 7 dogs.

Fostering gets dogs out of kennels whilst they are waiting for their forever homes and prepares them for home life in a family environment. It’s sad when they leave but so heartwarming to see them thrive in their permanent homes.

Two of Maria’s three dogs also found her via Many Tears.

Speaking of the big day itself, Maria said:

“As the organiser of the event I really want to make this a success and raise much needed awareness about the amazing work Many Tears does.

“If this first event goes well it would be great to make it an annual thing, so that anybody who wants to do a skydive can perhaps do it with us.

“I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I’m really excited about the day. I’m also looking to get a cheer squad for the day, to watch and cheer us on as we come in to land. If anybody supports Many Tears or loves dogs, it would be great to see them cheering us on at Swansea Airport from 9:30 in the morning.”

If you would like to support the Four Furry Fliers on the day, be at Swansea Airport at 9:30 on Sunday 16th September, where the girls will literally be dropping-in on you.

The team have so far raised £2,215 of the £4,000 target. If you would like to donate to their fundraising effort, you can do so by following the link here:


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