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Daring school team take on skydive for hospice

1st April 2019

A brave trio from a city high school have signed-up for a skydive in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

Teachers Sarah Young and Lee Boniface, along with student Oscar Bird from Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester, will scale dizzying heights for the jump on Sunday, April 7.

Oscar, who was the driving force behind the group signing-up for the challenge, says while he will be nervous on the day – he is “excited” for a new experience.

“I’m feeling excited as a skydive is something I’ve always wanted to do,” explained the 16-year-old. “I enjoy doing new activities with a ‘you only live once’ attitude.

“I understand how important the hospice is in the community. I can only try and help the hospice by fundraising money, which I am enjoying doing.”

The school, based in Spetchley Road, selected St Richard’s Hospice as one of its chosen charities – and the trio has received donations and support from staff and students.

“Why would a student not want to donate money to see their computing teacher jump out of a plane?” said Mr Boniface, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Computing and Business.

“I am excited, but in denial about the idea of being thousands of feet in the air and jumping out of a plane! The closest I normally get to altitude is the fact that my classroom is on the first floor.

“We are proud to support St Richard’s Hospice as a school. The charity is one that makes a huge difference to the lives of individuals and their families.”

Miss Young, curriculum leader, added: “I am feeling scared and excited. Family, friends and colleagues have donated. It is a team effort and we wanted to support Oscar.”

Oscar, who is in Year 11, has also held a number of raffles and a charity tuck shop to help raise funds.

Jodi Brandwood, hospice fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled to see teachers and students teaming-up for this challenge. It is sure to be an incredible experience which will create memories to last a lifetime.

“We are very grateful to everyone at Nunnery Wood for raising money in support of our care – thank you from all of us at St Richard’s.”

To make a donation to Mr Boniface visit gofundme.com/mrbjumpsfromaplane Or, to support Oscar visit www.gofundme.com/OscarSkyDive and to help Miss Young’s fundraising visit www.gofundme.com/nwhs-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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.