March 12 2014 Latest news:
Safira Ali, Senior reporter
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thrill-seeking fundraisers completed a tandem skydive to raise money for St Francis Hospice.
The group included Ilford North MP Lee Scott, supermarket colleagues and beauty therapists who are hoping to raise £10,000 as a result of the jump yesterday (Sunday).
Window cleaner Michael Barlow, from Rainham, fulfilled an ambition by joining the skydive and said: “It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’d love to do it again.
“My granddad received care from St Francis Hospice three years ago before he sadly died and the care was excellent so I was happy to raise money for the charity while fulfilling a dream to skydive.”
Mary Winters, landlady at the Victoria Arms, Brentwood, hopes to have raised £1,400 for patient care, said: “It was a brilliant experience. Many customers have received hospice care or known people who have so I was pleased to support the charity.”
Pam Court, hospice chief executive, said: “I was delighted to go to the skydive and support the 15 dedicated people jumping to raise money for the hospice.
“Many of our supporters were first time skydivers, so were understandably nervous, but they all did an amazing job on our behalf.”
The next hospice skydive will be on September 22. For more information you can visit www.sfh.org.uk or call 01708 753319.