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Apprentice to skydive for St Richard’s Hospice

22nd November 2019

A daredevil 20-year-old will take to the skies for a fundraising challenge in memory of his dad – dressed as Father Christmas.

Rob Turner, from Worcester, has signed-up for the St Richard’s Hospice Santa Skydive on Saturday, December 7 at Hinton Airfield, Northamptonshire.

Harnessed to an experienced parachute instructor, Mr Turner will jump from 10,000ft and fall through the air at 120mph before landing in front of family.

The apprentice engineer is raising money for the Worcester hospice which cared for his dad before he died in April.

“My dad was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix about two years ago,” said Mr Turner.

“Around March time, he went into St Richard’s Hospice. They provided my father with exceptional care and support during his final weeks.

“The hospice gave our family care and support during the time we most needed it and have continued to support us to this day.

“My dad was my best friend and my role model and St Richard’s Hospice will always have a place in my heart.”

On the day, Mr Turner’s mum, sister and girlfriend will cheer him on as he takes on the challenge.

“I have never done anything like a skydive before,” he said. “I’m not super nervous, but it will be quite an emotional day for me.”

So far, Mr Turner has raised more than £670 for the hospice to support its free care to people with serious, progressive illnesses, their families and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

Alison Parkes, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We are delighted to have Rob on board and taking part in this festive challenge.

“He has already raised a tremendous amount for our care and we are so grateful for his support as a moving tribute to the memory of his dad.

“We hope he enjoys the skydive experience and makes memories to last a lifetime.”

To donate to Mr Turner, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/skydivefornick

There is still time to sign-up for the Santa Skydive. To find out more visit www.strichards.org.uk/santa-skydive

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

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