Stratosphere leap year jump for Macmillan in Vegas

A Luceco employee is preparing to jump off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas – all in the name of charity.

The Stratosphere is a 1,149ft hotel and casino that towers above the famous Strip and features three well-known hair-raising amusement rides at the top – but now there’s a fourth.

Claiming the title of the world’s highest commercial decelerated descent, the SkyJump takes thrill-seekers on an 855ft ‘controlled free-fall’ at 40mph.

Nigel Davis, a company merchandiser from the Luceco Group, will be queuing up for his safety lesson on 29 February, suited up and hooked up to a patented ‘descender machine’, before leaping off the small platform.

Nigel, based in Luceco’s central office and distribution site on Stafford Park, will be the first employee to hit the fundraising trail to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity chosen by employees recently at the global electrical, lighting and power business.

Nigel says, “The SkyJump, a cross between a bungee jump and a zip line, has become the premiere attraction among the thrill rides offered at the Stratosphere. From jump to landing, it takes about 17 seconds, with two terrifying seconds of free fall at the start.

“When I announced I was off to Vegas and considering doing the jump, we had just chosen our charity of the year, and it made perfect sense to do the jump to raise money for Macmillan.

“So, I’m looking forward to being whisked by elevator to the observation deck on the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower and jumping off, but not until I have raised a few pennies in the process.”

To read more on the Luceco group, click here.

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