Local supporter invents ‘Skyathlon’ to support Naomi House & Jacksplace


Norman skydiving

Norman Terrill, a local supporter from Portchester and employee at security and defence contractors, QinetiQ, has invented and completed a new fundraising venture to support Naomi House & Jackplace.

The ‘Skyathlon’ involved a run, cycle ride and skydive! Norman started his venture at the QuinetiQ Portsdown Hill site and ran the 15k route to the QinetiQ site in Haslar. Following this first leg, Norman then cycled from Portsdown Hill to Haslar and back, before taking on a 15,000ft skydive just days later!

Norman said:

“I was a little bit nervous about it but once I got diving, I was delighted! I was in shock though – it was like being rocketed to Earth! You really do feel like you’re up there with the gods. It was really good and I'd definitely do it again.

Norman before skydive


The children at Naomi House pull on my heartstrings. I have come through cancer with my wife who passed seven years ago, so I know how hard things are, because I have been through so much myself. You think you have got problems in life and then you go to a hospice and look at the kids and it really brings home how lucky you are.

— Norman

“Colleagues, family and friends have been very supportive of the Skyathlon and I’m overwhelmed by their generosity.”

Norman has raised over £1,100 so far. His total amount raised will be match funded by his employer, QinetiQ. To maximise the amount raised, Norman even funded the skydive himself!

Norman outside Naomi House

If you want to show Norman your support for his incredible achievement, you can still sponsor him on his Virgin Money Giving page here.

Now it’s your turn – take on a Skyathlon!

If you want to take on this newly invented, incredible challenge to support Naomi House & Jacksplace, get in touch, by emailing: hello@naomihouse.org.uk.

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