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27 Jan 2021 Community

We jumped out of planes to help The Kirkwood Support Life!

Last year, five supporters took to the skies and completed their long-awaited Skydive challenge and collectively raised over £6,000 to help our nurses to provide care to the most vulnerable in our community.

Would you like to experience the thrill of a lifetime and jump out of a plane at 15,000ft in the air? We recently spoke to our 2020 Skydive participants to find out why they chose to take part, their responses might just convince you to sign up!

Chris Moore took part in our Skydive challenge as a way of giving back to The Kirkwood after spending two weeks on our In-Patient Unit. Chris and his family felt they couldn’t have asked for anything more with the care he received.

Chris said: “The skydive was an excellent experience and he would recommend anyone to try it! It’s such a rush at the beginning when you are in freefall and then so calm once the parachute open. Just take in the views, they are unreal!”

Chris also took part with his friend, Chris Shaw, as they were eager to take on the challenge together. Their families were delighted to come and witness the experience and their children helped to blow the low cloud away to enable the skydives to take place.

Chris Shaw added: “I did the skydive for The Kirkwood because my mum, brother-in-law and best friend’s dad were all cared for on the In-Patient Unit in their final days. The care that was given to them all was nothing short of exceptional.

“On the day, I didn’t think we would be able to jump due to the weather however the kids managed to ‘blow the clouds away’ enough for us to jump and it was worth the wait! It was a brilliant experience that I got to share with my best friend and all the other fundraisers.”

Our 2020 skydivers!


Among the skydivers was Joe Slade, who jumped at the chance of completing the once in a lifetime challenge whilst also raising vital funds for a local cause.

Joe said: “I wanted to do the skydive for many reasons. Firstly, The Kirkwood is very close to mine and my family’s heart after my mother was looked after on the In-Patient Unit running up to her passing in 2016. Secondly, an opportunity to skydive was something I would never pass up on! It was definitely something ticked off the bucket list!

“The experience on the day was amazing! It has to be said that it was the best experience of my life and something I can’t wait to repeat. The organisation was brilliant, and The Kirkwood team were spot on.”

Sarah Unthank-Husdon also took part in September. Sarah said: “I did the skydive as it was always something I said I wanted to do when I watched ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ and my parents used to parachute as a sport too.

“My mother-in-law passed away at the hospice In-Patient Unit so it felt right to do it this way. I wasn’t nervous whatsoever, so I feel it was something I was meant to do.”

We are delighted to have secured two more dates in 2021 for our Skydive challenge, Saturday 6th March and Sunday 19th September, and skydiver Rubi-Mae Joyce shares some words of encouragement for anyone thinking of signing up.

Rubi-Mae said: “I would just like to say thank you to The Kirkwood for the care that they give. It was a great experience that if anyone has the chance to do it, then definitely do! And why not for a great local charity while you’re at it!”

Have we convinced you? Click here to find out more about our Skydive challenges!

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