A tradesman from Norfolk has been inspired by a Dragon’s Den contestant to don his decorating overalls for a charity skydive.
Wayne de Wet, a recommended and vetted Checkatrade.com painter and decorator based in Caister-on-Sea, has been fundraising for Cancer Research UK for the last 10 years but is now up for a new challenge since meeting Jordan Daykin, the youngest entrepreneur to receive investment on BBC’s Dragons Den when he was just 18-years-old.
Jordan, CEO of GripIt Fixings, secured an £80,000 cash injection from Deborah Meaden on the show in 2014 for 25% of his company which he invented with his Grandfather from their garden shed. By 2016, GripIt Fixings were being stocked in over 3,000 UK stores and exported to 32 countries and they now have the capacity to create 32 million fixings per year. As well as recently releasing his autobiography ‘Gripped’, Jordan is also an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, the charity which inspired Wayne’s charity challenge.
Wayne, who is planning to jump out of a plane at the end of November this year, contacted Jordan Daykin to test and review the GripIt MarXman, a professional marking tool. Wayne’s tool reviews regularly feature in The Decorator, the official journal of the Painting and Decorating Association.
Since reviewing the tool and receiving support directly from Jordan at GripIt, Wayne said: ‘I’ve always wanted to do a skydive for charity and after meeting Jordan, I thought what better way to raise money for two amazing causes – The Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK. I’m going to offer companies the chance to have their logos printed on my overalls, which will give them great exposure and help me reach my fundraising goals.’
The painting and decorating industry has offered overwhelming support to Wayne de Wet’s charity fundraising efforts over the last decade, and he’s hoping they’ll back his skydive in the same way.
If you or your company would like to sponsor Wayne and get your company logo onto the overalls he’ll be skydiving in, you can contact him on 07947 121936. Alternatively, you can donate direct to his Virgin Money Giving page