Friends take the plunge for hospice funds

From left to right: (Back row) James Mundy, Chloe Cook, Emma Innesbeer, Nicole Hagan (Front row) Sally Mundy, Richard Armstrong, Jamie Bendy and Jerry Innesbeer EMN-150914-164732001
From left to right: (Back row) James Mundy, Chloe Cook, Emma Innesbeer, Nicole Hagan (Front row) Sally Mundy, Richard Armstrong, Jamie Bendy and Jerry Innesbeer EMN-150914-164732001
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Daredevil skydivers have raised more than £5,000 for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

The group of eight friends Richard Armstrong, Emma Innesbeer, Jerry Innesbeer, Jamie Bendy, Sally and James Mundy, Nicole Hagan (16) and Chloe Cook - took the plunge in a tandem skydive at Hibaldstow airfield, jumping 150ft out of a plane.

Richard Armstrong rallied up his friends to tandem skydive after the hospice cared for his dad.

“I decided to jump for St Barnabas because I was amazed by the wonderful support the staff were able to provide my Dad in his latter weeks,” said Richard.

“In turn, this made the difficult time easier to accept, for me and my sister, and others close to him, who knew he was in caring and experienced hands.

“It was a fantastic and dedicated service.”

Sally Mundy took the jump for the hospice because of the care her step mum is currently receiving.

Sally said: “My step mum is currently receiving outstanding care and support from the St Barnabas Hospice At Home team. 

“We wanted to do our bit to raise valuable funds and to say thank you for all that St Barnabas is doing.

“My son James and I were also looking for a challenge and the tandem skydive was definitely that!”

Following the tandem jump, Jerry Innesbeer has signed up to take on a solo jump.

“I was very apprehensive on the morning of the jump, once we all got on the plane it was go, go, go!” said Jerry.

“My instructor, Noel, was excellent. He was a very calming influence and made the whole thing a fabulous experience.”

“Jumping out of plane from 15,000feet is an incredible achievement, said Becky Otter, Events Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

“We are truly grateful to anyone who undertakes this high flying challenge in aid of the hospice.

“I went along and supported the jumpers and it really was an incredible sight.

“I am urging anyone who wants to take on a big challenge to sign up today and help raise vital sponsorship for our hospice.”

Contact Becky Otter on becky.otter@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call 01522 540 300.