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Skydiving duo boost Cancer Research

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Two teaching assistants from Mansfield’s Flying High Academy have been raising money for Cancer Research.

Joe Young and Wendy soar took part in a skydive at Langar Airfield Parachute School as part of their fundraising efforts.

Both women did a tandem jump with experts from the parachute school raising money through donations, sponsorship, a non-uniform day and cake sales at the Flying High Academy where they both work.

Joe said: “The reason we chose the Cancer Research charity was down to the fact that a friend at work was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas and is currently undergoing treatment. Thankfully she is doing well.”

So far the pair have raised £1700 and funded the jumps themselves meaning that every penny goes to the charity.

Neither of the women had been involved in anything close to a parachute jump before and the build up to the day had been a nerve wracking experience.

Wendy said, “I would say the build up to the sky dive was mixed. Some moments of sudden fear and some excitement. Doing the jump with Joe made it easier, as we were there for each other.

“I think not knowing what to expect was unnerving but have to say the Langar staff were amazing and really looked after us.

“For us both the support that we had from friends colleagues, parents, pupils and family made the day special.”

The jump happened in front of a sizeable number of supporters and went without a hitch. A message from their work colleague and the lady who prompted Jo and Wendy’s fundraising efforts says, “I feel very touched and proud by the brave support shown by Joe and Wendy, not just for me but for all the ladies going through treatment. I would like to say a very big thank you to them and everyone who is supporting them. Wendy x”

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Chad April 24th 2014

Ladybrook group learn nutritional skills

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The Little Explorers’ group, which is based at The Flying High Academy in Ladybrook, has been getting some nutrition lessons from experts this week.


The group for 0-4 year olds and parents or carers is held each term time on a Wednesday, where they try different recipes and ideas each session.

Lizz Caunt, who was visiting with her two children for the first time, said: “It’s brilliant, I have really enjoyed it and it’s great that I can bring my toddler and baby rather than going to separate groups.

“It is nice to be able to sit down, I have been given a drink, my daughters Alice and Violet are both entertained and happy, Alice has lots of craft activities to do and we are really enjoying it.”

Barbara Phillips, community nutritionist at Mansfield District Council, said: “I am one of two community nutritionists that work with the council, and we go to all kinds of groups and communities with the very young up to the very old, promoting healthy eating within those groups.

“Parents have commented that after participating that children often try -and like foods that they have previously refused to eat. It is a really rewarding way to pass on good nutrition ideas.”



Chad April 6th 2014

New menu at Ladybrook school

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The School Council at Flying High Academy in Ladybrook have been trialling new menu options with Nottinghamshire County Council Food Development Manager, Donna Baines.

Mrs Baines said that the food being tried was chosen by consensus from options discussed at School Council meetings.

She said: “The students had shown an interest in Panini’s. We prepared a selection of Panini’s loaded with the freshest of ingredients including: ham from locally reared pigs, Freedom Food accredited chicken, freshly made pork meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce, all topped with cheese and freshly sliced tomatoes.

“There are many benefits to children being involved in choosing their school menu. Involvement in designing the menu enables pupils to learn about nutritional content and food budgeting, to think about ‘choice’ and why choices are limited in the school context.

“We always develop any menu with input from students; this can have a positive influence on food choices outside school and what is cooked at home.”

Student Madison Pallister (11), said: “I have tried a tuna Panini today, which is quite nice because I have never tried tuna before and I have enjoyed it. We have also had a meatball Panini. If we like the food here today, then we hope it will go on the dinner menu.”


Chad April 6th 2014

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Staff and students at Ladybrook’s Flying High Academy (FHA) are pictured meeting with Nottinghamshire County Council school catering chiefs to discuss changing the dinner menu.


A spokesman from FHA said the emphasis for students, staff and the county council visitors was a healthy, balanced diet that was interesting for students.

Helen Gospel, of Nottinghamshire County Council’s catering facilities management, said: “It was a pleasure working with the school council at The Flying High Academy in Ladybrook.

“We are looking forward to working with the children, who had plenty of ideas to contribute.”


Chad February 18th 2014