Skydivers raise thousands of pounds for St Raphael's Hospice

Ready to jump: fearless fundraisers at the Salisbury airfield

Ready to jump: fearless fundraisers at the Salisbury airfield

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Most people bake cakes or run marathons when they want to raise money for charity, not jump out of a plane.

But 21 brave fundraisers took on a terrifying challenge when they skydived 10,000 feet to raise money for St Raphael's Hospice.

The group, many of whom have personal connections with the hospice, met at Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury on Sunday, March 23, to complete the feat.

So far they have raised £12,362.

St Raphael's Hospice provides specialist medical and nursing care for people with cancer and other terminal illness, as well providing support to their families and friends.

The hospice supports more than 1,000 patients a year, costs £5 million a year to run and relies on charity fundraising, donation and legacies for 80 per cent of their funding.

Skydivers on the day included two staff members from both Cigna Insurance Services and Wilkinson in Sutton who are both supporting the hospice as their chosen charity.

Kerry Thomas, community fundraising manager for St Raphael’s Hospice, said: "I am so pleased everyone got to skydive today. The group were fantastic and have worked hard to raise sponsorship which goes towards the vital work of the hospice."

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