A daredevil grandmother is set to face her fears and fall 10,000ft from the sky to raise funds for our hospice.
Sandra Patterson, who volunteers at our hospice in Apley, will take on a daring tandem skydive for Severn Hospice for her 70th birthday – and she’s hoping others will join her for the challenge.
We are holding two skydiving events during the year, one on 25th March and one on 7th October.
Plucky Sandra, who is scared of heights, will be harnessed to a professional parachute instructor who will guide her descent at Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch.
Sandra said: “I’ve been volunteering at Severn Hospice for four and a half years and I’ve seen what a warm and caring place it is.
“Several of my close family members have passed away from cancer. When my Mum died she was too poorly to be moved from her care home but I would have been very happy if she’d been cared for by the hospice, the work they do is so wonderful.
“Despite being petrified of flying and of heights, I’ve always wanted to do a skydive and I think it will be a wonderful way to celebrate turning 70. I want to take on this challenge both to accomplish a lifelong ambition and to support a cause very close to my heart.”
Participants will be required to raise a minimum of £395 in sponsorship money which will cover the cost of the jump as well as paying for vital care to support local families whose lives have been turned upside down by an incurable illness.
Mike Perry, Community Fundraising Advisor at Severn Hospice, said: “Although £395 is our minimum target per person, we are hoping those who take part in the hospice’s first ever tandem skydive events in March and October will raise as much money as they can to help our patients and their loved ones.”
Anyone taking part must be aged 16-70 and anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent.