A much-loved grandmother is the inspiration behind a High Wycombe fundraiser’s bid to overcome her fear of heights and take part in a dare-devil skydive for local hospice at home care.
Lex Moon, who works locally as a mental health specialist pharmacist, will be taking the plunge next month in support of Rennie Grove Hospice Care whose nurses care for people in Bucks and Herts with life-limiting illnesses and their families, and who were there for her grandma Pamela Camp before she passed away.
Along with other charity skydivers, Lex will make the tandem jump from 13,000ft above the Northamptonshire countryside at Hinton Airfield on 10 June. And as the big day approaches, Lex admits that the butterflies are building.
“I am petrified of heights and the idea of throwing myself out of a plane is one that fills me with dread and anxiety. To give you an idea of how bad I am - I even struggle climbing a ladder!”
But Lex explained: “People who need to use Rennie Grove’s services have no choice about the fears and challenges they have to push through, but they manage to do it each and every day with the support of the Rennie Grove nurses. Any challenge I set myself is, in comparison, nowhere near as big as those the patients and nurses face each day so I decided that I needed to man up and push through the fear.”
The weekend of the planned jump marks two years since Lex lost her grandma following her long battle with cancer. “She was a massive part of my life, and her love, support and kindness throughout my life definitely helped shape me into the person I am today,” said Lex.
“Rennie Grove nurses were an invaluable source of care and support during her last few weeks,” she said. “Their Hospice at Home service allowed my grandma to receive the care she needed, when she needed it, in her own home and at any time, day or night. No call, request or concern was “too small” and the nurses made the whole family – most especially my grandma – feel supported and comfortable at a time which could have been completely the opposite.”
“Rennie Grove also provided counselling and support for the whole family to help us cope with the massive changes that were to come.”
The experience has inspired Lex’s determination to overcome her fears and take the skydive plunge for Rennie Grove “as a thank you for their invaluable service and to allow other people to benefit from the work of this wonderful charity”, she said.
Sponsorship and donations from friends and family means that Lex is on track to reach the £750 fundraising target she has set herself. “However, I am determined to break that £1,000 barrier,” she added. Anyone who would like to donate can do so via Lex’s BT fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lexmoon