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Local charity supporters take to the skies!

12 September 2012

Skydivers in sky

On Sunday 9th September, 25 Keech Hospice Care supporters took part in a sponsored skydive. The dare devils showed that the sky’s the limit when it comes to supporting Keech and managed to raise over £10,000.

The popular tandem skydive gave local supporters the opportunity to jump from a plane travelling at 10,000ft and freefall at speeds of up to 120mph, whilst strapped to a professional instructor.

Katie Hill was one of the jumpers. She said; "I never thought jumping out of a plane would be so much fun. My friends and family thought I was mad for doing something so crazy but I wanted to do something different to help such an amazing charity. After visiting the hospice and seeing first hand how much they help local people and families I knew I wanted to do my part to help.

"Standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet with the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below was incredible. Jumping out and falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air at over 120mph was amazing! I’m still buzzing from the whole experience and I will definitely sign up to take part again.”

Jo Weaver, Fundraiser at Keech said; "It was such a fantastic day. We were very lucky to have beautiful sunshine and so many very brave jumpers. It was great to see so many blue Keech t-shirts around the airfield and so many supporters that joined them. Keech relies heavily upon the communities it serves to keep it’s services up and running. The need for the services that it provides has grown and Keech needs your help now more than ever before in order to continue to make a real difference to local people, their families, friends and neighbours."

"A donation of £50 will help pay for the doctor support needed for a patient in our adult in-patient unit for 24 hours. A gift of £21 will pay for the family of a sick child with support services such as social work, bereavement support and complementary therapy. And a gift of £122 would provide a place at the hospice and access to all our specialist support for one day for a child and their family. You can get involved in a range of activities and events at Keech as well as volunteering.”

Keech Hospice Care are calling for more 'Dare Devils' to join our Hospice Team in our next sponsored tandem skydive on Sunday 12th May 2013 at Hinton Airfield. For more info, please contact Jo Weaver on jweaver@keech.org.uk or 01582 707966