Daring Carers skydive for hospice

Local Colten carers skydive for Oakhaven.

'Daring carers' Sophie Ackroyd and Jodie Endacott raised over £1,600 for Lymington's Oakhaven Hospice Trust by jumping from an aeroplane.


Woodpeckers' carer Sophie Ackroyd tackled a skydiveSophie and Jodie have their feet solidly on the ground while caring for residents at Colten Care's Woodpeckers nursing and residential care home in Sway Road, Brockenhurst.

But after deciding to raise money for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington, they found themselves 10,000 feet up in an aircraft doorway, preparing to jump out.

The women took part in Oakhaven's annual charity tandem skydive from Netheravon Airfield near Salisbury, Wiltshire. The event raises valuable funds for the hospice which has offered specialist palliative care to over 125,000 residents in the New Forest and Waterside area.

jodiejump smallBoth Sophie and Jodie have very personal reasons for supporting Oakhaven; Jodie's grandmother is currently being cared for at the hospice; Sophie also has a family friend who will be using the service and both women have cared for Woodpeckers' residents who have spent time in the hospice.

"We've both come to realise that sadly hospices do not get enough recognition or funding," shared Sophie, from Hordle. "So we decided to do our bit and make people aware of what an amazing place Oakhaven is."

sophiejump2 small"It was someone at work who actually suggested a parachute jump - although strangely enough she didn't volunteer to join us!" laughed Jodie, from New Milton. "We travelled to the airfield early in the morning and underwent training on how to land correctly and then it was just a case of waiting to jump."

"I was supposed to do it at 12.30 but unfortunately the weather delayed it and I wasn't actually able to jump until 5.30pm. I got dressed and ready three times before I was given the all clear and by that time I was so nervous I thought about backing out. But my family, friends and my instructor really spurred me on and in the end I just went for it."


She continued: "I'd like to say it was a fabulous experience, but freefalling at 250mph is not pleasant! The best bit for me was definitely when the parachute deployed."

"Sophie really enjoyed it though and we were both thrilled when we learned we had each raised over £800 in sponsorship from family friends and through donations online."


Colten Care are very proud of their daring skydivers - as a company they are committed to raising funds for charitable causes. Residents in each home are encouraged to nominate a main charity to help every year, leaving scope for other organisations to be supported too. Activities organisers, social carers and other team members then enable residents to contribute directly in meaningful ways such as making arts and crafts to sell at fundraising fetes and suggesting ideas for sponsored quizzes. Last year, Colten Care residents and team members raised nearly £32,000 for charity.




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