09 June 2014

THIRTY-FIVE people with a head for heights are jumping out of a plane to raise funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Sky Dive

  • Some of those taking part in the Sky Dive

Brave supporters from across the borough are travelling to Lancaster on Saturday, June 21st, when they will leap from an aircraft 11,000ft above the ground.

Those taking part will leave Wigan at 8am arriving at Black Knights Parachute Centre just after 9am. The first set of sky divers will take to the skies as soon as possible depending on weather conditions and land in a nearby field.

Lee Fishwick, 29, from Lower Ince is taking part in memory of his late uncle Jem Fishwick who was cared for by the Hospice in 2004.

All funds raised by Lee will go into a pot to support his three-year-old niece Lexie who is fundraising for the Hospice as part of the Miss Tiny Wigan contest.

Around 20 family members are supporting Lexie's fundraising efforts and have raised around £1,100 to date.

Labourer Lee said: "My uncle Jem had a good sense of humour and always had a smile on his face. He was a special person and we wanted to do something for the Hospice to say thanks for looking after him.
"When we found out that the Miss Tiny Wigan competition was supporting the Hospice it seemed like a good opportunity to get involved and raise money."

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: "We've been overwhelmed this year by how many people have contacted us about our sky dive and they are all really enthusiastic about raising money for the Hospice.
"Jumping from a plane isn't everyone's cup of tea but we're very grateful to those who are taking part - the money raised will make a huge difference to local people with a life-limiting illness."

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