Brother and friend take to the skies in memory of beloved sister

James' sister Rebecca was cared for by Wigan & Leigh Hospice

In January 2024, James and his family sadly lost their sister Rebecca to cancer. Known to her friends and family as Bex, she was only 27 years old and received end-of-life care at Wigan & Leigh Hospice during her final days.

In June, James and his friend Michael are taking on the Wigan & Leigh Hospice Sky Dive event to honour the memory of Bex and help to raise vital funds.

Here’s what James had to say:

“As those closest to us as a family know all too well, we unfortunately lost our beloved Bex this year. She fell asleep and left a huge hole in all of our lives and hearts, she is and always will be whole heartedly missed by all of those lucky enough to have known her and even more so by those that were lucky enough to not only have loved her but also to have been loved by her.

Unfortunately, due to reasons beyond anybody’s control, Bex was placed on end-of-life care and the staff at Wigan & Leigh Hospice were there every second of every minute, of every single day to ensure that Bex was as comfortable as possible whilst remaining completely dignified at her most vulnerable.

The care that was provided did not only stop at Bex, as a family we were supported and comforted throughout the entire time Bex was with them, again by the dedicated staff and the wonderful facility to make what was an unimaginable time bearable. Our thanks will never be enough to repay them for this time.

It may feel one million miles away from your life at the moment, but hospices like Wigan & Leigh Hospice are there when those closest to us need a very special type of care and the main reason they are there and are able to provide a high level of care is due to donations. The money donated is essential and you really don’t know who you could be helping, or when you may become reliant on a service as supportive and dedicated as the team at Wigan & Leigh.

Bex was brave, adventurous and fearless which is something we shared together and brought us so close as brother and sister.

There’s no words or actions that will ever be able to bring Bex back to us, where she belongs. We all as a family would be extremely humbled and grateful for any support, be it as small or as large as possible to Wigan & Leigh Hospice who unwaveringly cared for Bex in her final most precious moments.”

To support James and Michael as they jump 11,000ft from a plane in June, visit their GoFundMe page.