15 July 2019

Take a leap of faith for local hospice care

If you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next challenge or someone who usually plays it safe but wants to step outside of their comfort zone for a change, then we may be able to help.

 skydive team 2018

Returning for a second date in in 2019 is our fundraising tandem skydive, taking place on Saturday 21 September. This exhilarating experience is a fantastic opportunity to take on a personal challenge whilst raising much-needed funds for specialist nursing care to adults and children diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illness.

Leonie, one of our Day hospice nurses working at Grove House, took on the skydive challenge in June. She said: “I don’t have much spare time so the skydive was ideal for me as no advance training is needed. I was absolutely terrified before I jumped but it was reassuring to be attached to someone who was very experienced. When you jump you get a real rush and a feeling of exhilaration but when the parachute opens it becomes serene and you see the most amazing views. Especially memorable for me was seeing a rainbow in the clouds.

 Leonie is back down to earth

“As soon as I landed I wanted to do it all over again – although that feeling has now passed! I would really encourage others to take on this personal challenge knowing that you are raising funds that will help Rennie Grove nurses like me to continue to care for our patients.”

Inspired by the care that his Mum, Amanda, received from our nurses, James Basey has already signed up for the September skydive. He said: “I am doing this skydive in memory of my amazing mother. She was an extremely kind and caring person who never thought about herself but always make sure those around her were being cared for. She would help anyone she met in any way she could. During her illness Rennie Grove nurses were always on hand to help us. They were so kind and caring to my mother and were there to help and guide us though every stage of her illness with support, advice and compassion.

“The skydive is a way for me to show my gratitude and everlasting respect for all Rennie Grove’s nurses who helped us and my mother and who help others in a similar situation.”

For more information on the skydive challenge that takes place at Hinton Airfield Brackley, Northamptonshire, please visit www.renniegrove.org/skydive or contact the events team on 01442 820740 or via email. And if you would like to help James Basey raise funds for Rennie Grove so that more people like Amanda can receive specialist nursing care then you can visit his online sponsorship form at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-basey