A BRAVE director of a Malvern-based company is preparing to take on a festive skydive challenge in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.
Steve Borwell-Fox, chief of software business ‘borwell’ at the Malvern Hills Science Park’, will dress up as Santa Claus and jump from 10,000ft whilst plummeting at 120mph to raise money for the hospice which provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses.
The 45-year-old will take part in the group Santa Skydive on December 9 at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield in Northamptonshire.
Mr Borwell-Fox said: “I always like to push myself to try new things, when I came across an article online I jumped at the chance to do it.
“We have always been active supporters of the hospice and this seemed like a wonderful opportunity to not only help raise the profile of the charity even further, but to also to experience something completely new.”
On the day of the challenge, each daredevil Santa will be given training, a free costume and will be harnessed to an instructor for the jump.
After enjoying the breath-taking ride, the festive jumpers will land in front of their cheering friends and family.
Taking the plunge alongside Mr Borwell-Fox will be his friend Mike Palmer.
“When me and my wife started our business, we selected St Richard’s Hospice as our chosen charity and have continued to support it over the past 14 past years,” added Mr Borwell-Fox, whose wife Andrea is a hospice business patron.
“We appreciate the terrific work and care that the hospice provides.
“We have a number of friends and business contacts who have used the hospice.
“It’s important to support the hospice as they have supported our friends and contacts.”
St Richard’s has been allocated 10 places for festive daredevils to take part in the Santa Skydive – and there is still time to sign-up.
For more information, call the fund-raising team on 01905 763963 or visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/santa-skydive/.
To make a donation and help Mr Borwell-Fox with his fund-raising visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/borwell-team.