Hospice nursing assistant takes on skydive

Published on: Thursday 16 Aug 2018 at 10:19

Kirsty, a Hospice at Home nursing assistant here at St Clare, will take on a skydive challenge on 8th September!

A hospice nursing assistant will take on a tandem skydive challenge in aid of St Clare Hospice on Saturday 8th September 2018 at Sibson Aerodrome in Wansford, Peterborough.

Kirsty Bridger (44 years, from Harlow) has worked at St Clare Hospice as a nursing assistant within our Hospice at Home service since July 2015. Kirsty’s role at St Clare is to provide hands-on, palliative care to St Clare patients in their own homes during times of crises when rapid support is needed, or in the last few weeks of their lives.

Kirsty will be taking on the challenge along with her partner Jamie Fowler (44 years, from Harlow) and her cousin Donna Bridger (43 years, from Harlow). Jamie Fowler is the administrator of a well-known local Facebook page, Photos of Harlow-Old and New, and has supported St Clare Hospice through his work. Jamie was also motivated to take on the skydive after his grandmother, Joan Poole, was cared for on the Hospice’s inpatient unit in December 2017.

Following a first skydive for the Hospice back in 2016, Kirsty Bridger will once again go the extra mile for the hospice she loves this September, taking an exhilarating leap from 13,000ft (approx. 2 miles). The skydive experience, which takes place attached to a highly experienced instructor, includes a free-fall reaching speeds of about 120mph, with a descent to 5,000ft in around 40 seconds before opening the parachute and flying safely back down to earth.

Commenting on her approaching skydiving challenge, Kirsty said:

“I am really looking forward to my skydive challenge coming up this September! Once I had experienced it the first time back in 2016, I guess I was hooked! The adrenaline and the views are just incredible. This year, I’ve also persuaded my partner, Jamie, and my cousin, Donna, to join me as well – so we will all be in this together when the moment comes to jump!”

Explaining why she is taking on a second skydive for St Clare, Kirsty said:

“I feel so proud to be working for St Clare, and I love taking on fun and exciting challenges to help raise vital funding. I know first-hand what a difference the money makes – literally paying for nursing staff like me to be able to care for people in the local community who need the support of St Clare. When it comes to a challenge, the scarier the better, because I know I will be able to raise lots of money for St Clare. The sponsorship I will collect is invaluable; it is not just money. It’s literally empowering St Clare to be able to go out into the community and care for those who need us.”

Sponsor Kirsty!

If you would like to sponsor Kirsty Bridger in her skydive challenge, and make a donation to St Clare Hospice, please visit her fundraising page at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kirstybridger2

Join the challenge

For more information about this event, please visit the St Clare Hospice website at: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/st-clare-skydive-september-2018

Alternatively, please contact St Clare Hospice Challenges & Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, on 01279 773754 or email emma.broadbent@stclarehospice.org.uk

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