Taking Fundraising to a Higher Level with Skydive Day

Taking Fundraising to a Higher Level with Skydive Day

Caption: Phyllis Tuckwell’s Community Fundraiser Charli Quay-Barnham skydiving and after the jump!

On Sunday 5th June, eight adrenaline-seeking fundraisers jumped out of a plane in aid of local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell. Mark Piercey, David Wakeford, David Gibbs, Shirley Powell, Jonathan Dunne, Ali Welch, Nikita Wood and Phyllis Tuckwell’s very own Community Fundraiser Charli Quay-Barnham completed the jump to raise money for the charity which cares for patients and families living with a terminal illness, such as cancer. Strapped to an instructor and hitting freefalls speeds of over 120 miles per hour, they fell for 5,000 feet before the parachute canopy was deployed and they enjoyed a five minute gentle descent to their designated landing zone.

Luckily the recent grey clouds and drizzle were nowhere to be seen, and the skydivers – two of whom are over 80 – and their many supporters enjoyed a beautifully sunny day.

The skydive was the second of three planned this year, all of which will raise money to help fund the supportive and end of life care which the charity provides for those living with a terminal illness, such as cancer.

Money is still coming in, but so far the group has raised over £8,000 for Phyllis Tuckwell, which supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers every day – in their own homes, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. It offers medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support, but as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to do this, and therefore relies heavily on fundraising events such as this.

Feeling inspired? Phyllis Tuckwell will be holding another skydive day, on Sunday 25th September, and has also opened the registration for the first skydive day of 2017, which will be held on Saturday 25th March. Registration is £50 and you’ll need to raise a minimum of £450 in sponsorship. For more details, or to sign up, visit the PTHC online shop, call Phyllis Tuckwell’s Fundraising team on 01252 729446 or email fundraising@pth.org.uk

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Notes for Editors:
For press enquiries and alternative pictures contact: Jen Barnes at Phyllis Tuckwell on 01252 729433 or email jen.barnes@pth.org.uk

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