22nd September 2017

Brave fundraiser takes on skydive for hospice

IMG_4811A brave 20-year-old soared to dizzying heights for a fundraising skydive in support of the hospice which cared for her granddad.

Cheered on by her mum and dad, Lauren Richards took the plunge from 13,000ft on Sunday, 17th October and has so far raised more than £650 for St Richard’s Hospice, based in Worcester.

Lauren, who lives in Redditch, was moved to do the skydive after her granddad, from Worcester, was cared for by St Richard’s following his cancer diagnosis in 2016.

She said: “They were absolutely incredible caring for him and the support we were given was faultless during his illness and in his final days.

“It was fantastic how the hospice provided him with everything he needed and were also able to ensure he could stay at home where he was most comfortable rather than in a hospital.

“The skydive itself was amazing. The feeling of free-falling from 13,000 feet out of a plane was completely exhilarating and when the parachute was released, it was beautiful being able to glide back down whilst admiring the 360 degree views!”

Lauren was one of four daredevil fundraisers taking on a skydive in aid of the hospice over the weekend.

St Richard’s is offering daredevil fundraisers the chance to take part in a Santa Skydive challenge this December. The skydive will take place at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield on Saturday, 9th December.

There is still time to book your spot. Call the Fundraising team on 01905 763963 or visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/santa-skydive/