21st June 2016

Big leap for skydivers

Nine intrepid supporters took a leap of faith in aid of St Richard’s Hospice on Sunday. (19th June)
Among them were three members of the same family took the plunge in memory of husband and father.

Kate Bennett, along with her mum Lesley Boother and brother Neil Boother, from Pershore, took on the daring challenge in memory of Colin Boother who was cared for by the hospice before his death last year.

The trio joined other intrepid hospice supporters as they experienced exhilaration with an organised skydive at Hinton in the Hedges Airfield, Brackley. They were cheered along on the day by Colin and Lesley’s other sons John and Tom, who worked alongside Colin and Neil in the family plumbing business as well as other participant supporters.

Mrs Bennett said; “Last November we lost our lovely Dad following a short battle with cancer. Dad spent his last couple of weeks at St Richard’s Hospice. The centre was fantastic offering a peaceful haven for Dad to rest in, the staff were exceptional and cared for Dad and the whole family in such a professional but personal and caring way. In short we couldn’t have asked for kinder people or a nicer place and we want to give something back. Mum, Neil and I decided to take part in the St Richard’s skydive, which is an amazing thing for Mum as she is terrified of heights!”

Katie said, “Doing the skydive for St Richard’s Hospice was a fantastic experience. We will never forget the kindness and care we received at st Richard’s and we hope to do more fundraising events in memory of Dad soon.”

Lesley Boother added,  “it pushed me out of my comfort zone, at 66 it was something I never thought I would do. It was terrifying really but I’m so pleased to have done it and we are thrilled to have raised over £3,500 for a cause so close to our hearts”.

Senior Fundraiser Alison Parkes said, “We want to say a huge thanks to all our skydivers who took on this challenge and have raised over £8,000 towards our hospice care. If anyone else fancies jumping out of plane at 13,000 ft and falling at 120mph then please sign up for our Sun 4th Sept day www.strichards.org.uk/event/skydive.”

See the photos from the day: