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
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