Daughter takes leap of faith in memory of Dad

6th May 2016

A mother of two will be taking a leap of faith in aid of St Richard’s Hospice on Father’s Day in memory of her father.

Sarah Booth, a McTimoney chiropractor from Kemerton near Bredon, will be taking on the daring challenge on Sunday 19th June in memory of her dad, John Smith who was cared for by the hospice before his death in 2010 aged 59.

Ms Booth will join other intrepid hospice supporters as they experience the exhilaration of a skydive with an organised skydive at Hinton in the Hedges Airfield, Brackley.

The skydivers will experience the adrenalin rush of plunging 10,000 feet out of a plane at 120mph, harnessed to an experienced parachute instructor, before coming to a safe landing in front of friends and family. Among those supporting Ms Booth as she takes on this challenge will be her husband, daughter aged seven and son aged one.

Ms Booth said; “It is especially poignant for me to do my parachute jump on Father’s Day in honour of my dad and for the amazing work of St Richard’s. My dad, John, died at St Richard’s in April 2010 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 59. He was my hero and a very special dad, husband and grandad.

Sarah Booth June skydive“The amazing care and compassion all the staff gave to Dad and to us all as a family made the last ten days of his life much easier to bear as well as the support through his illness. We will be forever grateful. We were all treated with kindness and given so much support. St Richard’s is such a special place and I want to support other families in our local area who are going through the most difficult time in their lives.”

To donate to Sarah’s fund, visit

The next St Richard’s Hospice group skydive will be Saturday 4th September. Anyone interested in taking part should visit the Skydive event page or call 01905 763963.

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.

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