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Skydive to raise funds for worthwhile cause

Malvern Editorial 7th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SELF-proclaimed ‘adrenaline junkie’ plummeted thousands of feet in aid of a charity that cared for her mother before she died.

Katherine Thompson, an employee at UTC Aerospace Systems in Malvern, took part in a skydive on Saturday, June 27, and managed to raise £700 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The 19-year-old jumped out of the plane at 10,000 feet and fell at 120mph before landing in front of her friends and family.

Ms Thompson has taken part in several challenges over the last few months in memory of her mother Annette, including Worcester’s first Rainbow Run and the Worcester half Marathon.

She said: “When my mum died I was so grateful for St Richard’s that I knew I wanted to do as much fund-raising as possible. My mum was referred to St Richard’s Hospice and for around six months they did anything they could, not only to help her but to help us. She died over a year ago and they’re still offering help in any way we want it. We might never find a cure for cancer, but we can help sufferers and their families receive the comfort and piece of mind that will truly mean the world to them in their final months.

“I’m definitely an adrenaline junkie but this is by far the most extreme thing I’ve ever done. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never looked into.

“Fund-raising wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be as everyone was so giving, they just wanted to give something back and I really am thankful. Raising such a great amount of money was more than I could ever have asked for, and the amazing experience I had skydiving just topped it all off.”

St Richard’s Hospice offer care and support to patients with life limiting and life threatening illnesses and their families.

They help more than 2,600 people every year with their Day Hospice, 17 bed In-Patient-Unit and in the patients home.

The charity are holding their next group skydive on Saturday September 12, to enter visit strichards.org.uk/event/skydiving-3 or call 01905 763963.

To donate to Ms Thompson’s fund, visit justgiving.com/KatherineT/ or for more information on St Richard’s Hospice visit www.strichards.org.uk.

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