10th November 2017

Chief executive flies high for hospice

A brave hospice chief executive took to the skies in a daring aerobatic challenge to raise money for end-of-life care.

June Patel, Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice, enjoyed an exhilarating loop-the-loop ride with Take Flight Aviation, based at Wellesbourne Airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

After an exhilarating flight – climbing, diving, rolling and looping-the-loop in mid-air – Mrs Patel safely landed and has raised hundreds of pounds for the Worcester-based hospice.

“To anyone who wants to do this – it’s absolutely amazing, the view is tremendous, it’s real fun and just try and test yourself to do something outrageous,” said Mrs Patel, who became Chief Executive of the hospice in June 2017.

“You’ll know that St Richard’s cares for people at the end of their life and the organisation is very dependent on fundraising – so every penny that you raise for St Richard’s really does make a difference. Thank you so much for your support.”

Daredevil fundraisers can now sign-up to take on the same challenge in aid of St Richard’s in February 2018.

The challenge will take place on Saturday, 10th February, at Take Flight Aviation in Wellesbourne Airfield.

The experience will include an aerobatic flight, with loops and rolls, while the whole ride will be recorded by a Go-Pro camera for photo and video keepsakes.

Jodi Brandwood, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “The loop-the-loop challenge is a fantastic opportunity to do something different – and very memorable – all in aid of our hospice care.

“If you’ve been inspired by June’s loop-the-loop challenge, why not sign-up and experience it for yourself?”

A video of Mrs Patel’s flight can be watched online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjCmAmypH2A

To sign-up for the challenge, which is taking place next year, visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/loop-challenge/ Alternatively, call the Fundraising team on 01905 763963 or email