Sky divers take a leap in memory of loved ones

23 May 2017

A GROUP of brave sky divers leapt from a plane high above the Lancashire countryside on Sunday, May 21st to mark the lives of loved ones.

Sky divers take a leap in memory of loved ones

Fourteen men and women from across Wigan and Leigh held their nerve and took part in a sky dive organised by the hospice to raise funds.

James Coop, 26, from Standish and his brother Thomas Bold, 18, from Abram signed up as their mum Dawn Cheetham, 45, from Abram is currently under the care of the hospice.

"I'm very proud of them both," said Dawn. "Our family have been doing lots of fundraising for the hospice including my husband Neil who did a sponsored walk around the Lakes with his company ICR."

So far, James and Thomas have raised just under £1,000 between the two of them.

Pauline Matthews from Leigh was 40 years old on April 29th and wanted to do a sky dive both to mark her special day and in memory of her mum Patricia Brandwood who was cared for on the Inpatient Unit for 8 days in March 2016.

Pauline said: "I have always wanted to do a sky dive I didn't want a party or presents I wanted sponsorship instead. The care was at the hospice was amazing and they looked after the family as well as my mum."
Pauline has raised £480 and is hoping to reach £500.

Dylan Prescott, 21, from Leigh learnt about the sky dive from his mum Susan Prescott who works at the hospice as an Administration Assistant. Dylan said: "I wanted to do the sky dive in memory of my grandma Linda Grundy who was looked after by the hospice. I've done the bike rode 3 years in a row so I thought I'd do something different this year and when mum mentioned the sky dive I thought 'why not?'"

Neil Shufflebotham, 49, originally from Shevington signed up with his friend Colin Kilbride, 37, who is originally from Ashton.

"I've always wanted to do a sky dive," said Neil "When I was in the Air Cadets I did a simulation of a sky dive aged 15 at Brize Norton and it's something that's stuck with me all this time. I'm also turning 50 next month and my mum and aunties used to do lots of fundraising for the hospice so there's an affinity with the hospice."

Between Neil and Colin they estimate they've raised £870.

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice, said: "A sky dive is such an exhilarating experience it's hard to put into words how amazing it is to take that leap and see the Lakes and Morecambe Bay beneath you! All of our sky divers did fantastically well and I'm sure it's a day they will never forget.
"They have also worked extremely hard to raise thousands of pounds for the hospice which make a huge difference to the lives of local people living with a life-limiting illness."

Another sky dive is being organised by the hospice on Saturday, September 9th and places are available. Contact the fundraising team on 01942 525566 or email: to find out more.


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