The sky really is the limit with this exhilarating challenge. Run by the Army Parachute Association at the UK’s largest skydiving drop zone, in Netheravon, Wiltshire, the skydives are held to raise money for local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell, which provides supportive and end of life care for patients and families who are living with a terminal illness, such as cancer.
After an in-depth training session at the site, you’ll be taken to the aircraft and attached to your experienced tandem instructor. At 12,000 feet you’ll both make the jump, experiencing freefall speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour before your instructor deploys the parachute canopy and you begin your gentle five minute descent to the landing zone.
As well as feeling a huge sense of achievement, you’ll also be helping fund the vital care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for patients and families in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. Every day the charity supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers - in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford - through a mix of medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. As the NHS/Government only covers 20% of their costs, they have to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to provide all of their services, which are offered free of charge to patients and their families, and so rely heavily on fundraising events such as these skydives.
The skydive will take place on Wednesday 27th September. Registration is £50 and Phyllis Tuckwell asks that you raise a minimum of £450 in sponsorship. For more details and to register, visitwww.pth.org.uk/event-diary, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01252 729446.
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