In October, I will be skydiving from 15,000 feet to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
As some residents will be aware, this inspirational charity cares, free of charge, for babies, children and young people who may have been born with life-limiting progressive conditions, have cancer, or have undiagnosed conditions with complex symptoms. They support 700 families throughout Surrey (including in Elmbridge) and 15 London boroughs.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospices operate two hospices, in Hampton and Guildford, supporting families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement, with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.
I’ve been involved with the charity for some time now. I’ve been touched by the devotion of their staff and volunteers and have seen how valuable the facilities at their hospices are. Like any parent, I can’t begin to imagine what families using these facilities are going through.
The charity has faced a really challenging time during the pandemic, having to cancel fundraising events and close their charity shops, while making the difficult decision to temporarily close the Hampton hospice.
Because of this – and their need to raise £8m a year to maintain their level of care – I want to do something to help out. I’m aiming to raise at least £20,000 through the skydive. Any support you may be able to give (whatever your reasons for wanting me to jump out of a plane) would be hugely appreciated.
If you are able, you can donate through my Just Giving page here.