AFTER plummeting to earth with a parachute, the boss of a flooring company will now take on The Great Wall of China as he looks to celebrate the expansion of his firm by giving something back to the community.
Paul Warters, who runs Middlesbrough-based PW Flooring solutions, decided to go on a charitable offensive after his company enjoyed rapid growth that saw it double its turnover and move into significantly larger premises.
At the start of this month, he took part in a charity parachute jump in Salisbury, supported by the Bannatyne Trust, which raised funds for the Pilgrim Bandits – a charity that supports a range of good causes, including injured servicemen and amputees.
Later this year, he will head to the Far East, where he will make a charity trek along The Great Wall of China in aid of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Funds raised by Mr Warters will support children and young people with life-threatening illnesses by helping them to achieve their dreams.
Mr Warters said: “Having three children of my own, I can’t comprehend how parents whose children are affected by such terrible illnesses cope and I have total respect and admiration for the way they deal with it.
“I got involved in these charity events after reading Duncan Bannatyne’s books, and I’d like to thank him, firstly for inspiring me to do better within my business and succeed, and because of the charity work he does, for being behind my inspiration to do what I’m doing.
“When the opportunity to go to China came up I jumped at it as life is too short for ifs or buts, and it’s a privilege to be able to give something back to some worthy charities.”
Last year, PW Flooring moved from a 590sqft site on Canon Park Road into a new 4620sqft base on the Canon Park Estate to allow for further growth after beating the recession with soaring sales.