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Skydiving Complementary Therapists

Two volunteer Complementary Therapists at St Helena Hospice stepped out of their comfort zone, and out of an aeroplane, to raise money for the hospice by taking part in a tandem skydive.

Katie Duffy and Louise Crawford Wood took on the challenge of a tandem skydive. Following their fundraising efforts the two women recently handed over a cheque for £1,422.

Katie said: “Louise suggested it when she saw a post on Facebook and I immediately said yes. I loved every moment, particularly the freefall. That moment when you step out of the plane is surreal. There is just silence, all you can hear is your breathing.”

As part of their fundraising for the event the pair organised pamper days where visitors could experience a range therapies such as massage and Reiki, learn meditation and buy handmade jewellery and clothing.

Louise. “We can’t make people better but we can assist with their wellbeing to make them as comfortable as possible. It’s a privilege, and if I can raise money by doing something silly for a couple of hours, then I’m happy to!”

Sarah Phillips, Challenges Fundraiser, said: “We really appreciate that, as well as being part of our much-valued team of volunteers, Katie and Louise have been fundraising for us by taking on the challenge of a tandem skydive.

“Not everyone will want to jump out of an aeroplane, but if anyone is thinking about challenging themselves for a good cause we have lots of ways we can help them achieve their dream.”

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