You're Inspired Challenge Group


A team of Yorkshire students are set to take the plunge for Harrogate charity, Saint Michael’s Hospice, as they skydive in support of the charity’s ‘You’re Inspired Challenge’.

The team of 10, including Laura Davies and Megan Shaw who are both in their second year of a Business Management degree at Leeds Beckett University, all work for Stockeld Park, a children’s adventure park located between Harrogate and Leeds. Other team mates joining them include Leeds University and York St John University students, Phoebe Swaby and Nicole Hoyle.

The Saint Michael’s Hospice ‘You’re Inspired Challenge’ pits teams of up to 10 members against each other in an Apprentice-style competition as they turn a £100 investment loan into as much money as possible for the charity, which cares for local people living with terminal illness and bereavement. The student team are going to skydive on Thursday 15 October at Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire, the location of the UK’s highest skydive.

Laura explained: “For the second year, we are taking part in the Challenge. Last year we raised £6500 for the charity through several initiatives: our colleague Kazia Knight shaved her head and another team mate, Alice Janulewicz, did a skydive in her chief elf costume that she wore to work in the Stockeld Park Christmas grotto.  We also held tombolas, and sold magic potions and Christmas letter packs in our gift shop. This year we are aiming to raise even more.  Saint Michael’s is a local charity to us and we really appreciate the work they do for our community.”

You can support the team’s Challenge by donating at

For more information about the Saint Michael’s Hospice ‘You’re Inspired Challenge’, please visit St Michael’s Hospice aims to improve the lives of sufferers of terminal illnesses and their families by providing the best end-of-life care possible in a variety of different ways. Nearly 80% of income needed to sustain their services is raised through voluntary contributions and fundraising.




For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite in the Communications team at Leeds Beckett on 0113 812 3022 or email


Notes for editors:


  • Leeds Beckett University was previously Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • Leeds Beckett University has around 32,000 students on programmes in Leeds and abroad and just over 3,100 staff.
  • The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University is Professor Peter Slee and the Chancellor is Sir Bob Murray CBE.
  • Leeds Beckett’s four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie.
  • Leeds Beckett University is the only university in the UK to have achieved both the Customer Service Excellence standard, Investors in People Gold and the RoSPA Gold medal across the whole institution.
  • The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) showed that the proportion of Leeds Beckett 2012/13 graduates in work, further study or both six months after leaving university was 94.6%.