Sky high return for Prospect Hospice fundraising event

August 2021


Supporters of Prospect Hospice took to the skies as the charity held its first fundraising event for 17 months.

The Covid-19 pandemic meant the charity was unable to hold traditional fundraising events, but following the relaxation of restrictions it held its latest skydive on Sunday (22 August).

Four people took part and enjoyed wonderful views of the Wiltshire countryside as they jumped from a plane with an instructor from 10,000 or 15,000 feet at Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury.

Among those who took part were Vicki Bell, 42, and her son, Zac, 18, of Swindon (pictured above).

Vicki said: “We both loved it. It was a brilliant experience and I want to do it again! My husband, Gavin, was cared for by Prospect Hospice at home and then he went into the hospice where he died just over three years ago. Me and my children were able to stay at the hospice in one of the lodges and this made things a lot easier at what was such a difficult and upsetting time.

“Doing the skydive for Prospect Hospice means we can give something back so they can help families in the future.”

So far the supporters have raised £4,127 for Prospect Hospice.

Sheryl Crouch, head of income at Prospect Hospice, said: “We’re really pleased to have held our skydive. It’s been a long time for us to wait to hold our own fundraising events due to the pandemic and this was our first one since the lockdown in March 2020.

“It was a great day, with the sun shining, and the atmosphere was lovely. I’d like to thank our skydivers for supporting the hospice and GoSkyDive for hosting them.

“The money raised by our skydivers will help the hospice to provide specialist care to patients who are terminally ill and offer support to their families too.”

The hospice has more skydives days arranged on Sunday 20 March, Sunday 12 June and Sunday 21 August 2022.

If you would like to take part please contact the fundraising team by emailing fundraisingandevents@prospect-hospice.net or call 01793 813355 or visit the website here



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