A Hospice at Home nurse has achieved a lifetime ambition of throwing herself out of a plane – while simultaneously raising money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
Teresa Walker of Chilton near Aylesbury was among more than a dozen supporters who took part in sponsored skydives this summer.
She said: “I finally got to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to throw myself out of a plane and in the process raised money for the wonderful charity I work for.” She added: “I have to say I felt totally calm about the whole thing and the nerves only really hit as I was sitting on the edge of the plane ready to jump.
“It was a totally exhilirating never-to-be-forgotten - but may be repeated! – experience. It didn’t disappoint and I raised more than £800.”
Last year 12 Rennie Grove supporters took part in a world record tandem sky dive, raising £10,000 for hospice care.
This year the team looks set to bring in a further £7,000 – enough to fund 350 hours of specialist nursing care in a patient’s home.
Teresa, who’s worked with the charity for five years, described her job as “immensely rewarding” but admitted: “It can also be very challenging.
“No two days are the same and our work ranges from routine support calls and visits to patients who are currently stable to complex symptom management for others who might have multiple life-limiting conditions, through to end-of-life care where our aim is to enable patients to spend their final days where they choose.
“They find our support very reassuring – especially the 24-hour responsive element, which means they are never alone and someone is always available for them whatever time of day.”
Teresa is part of the hospice’s Ridgeway team. This comprises nine nurses and two healthcare assistants who look after up to 90 patients across the Chilterns – including Wendover, Princes Rosborough, Great Missenden, Aston Clinton and Eaton Bray.
The tandem skydives have proved an excellent means of supporting the charity’s work.
Fundraising director Gillian Barnett said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who takes on this massive personal challenge to raise funds for us.
“Many choose skydiving as a way of remembering someone special, facing their own fears to raise money for a charity that cared for their loved ones so that other families can benfit in future.”
> If you’d like to skydive for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, call 01442 820740 to register for next year’s sponsored event on Saturday, June 18.