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Daring school team take on skydive for hospice

L-R: Sarah Young, Oscar Bird and Lee Boniface

A brave trio from a city high school have signed-up for a skydive in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

Teachers Sarah Young and Lee Boniface, along with student Oscar Bird from Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester, will scale dizzying heights for the jump on Sunday, April 7.

Oscar, who was the driving force behind the group signing-up for the challenge, says while he will be nervous on the day – he is “excited” for a new experience.

“I’m feeling excited as a skydive is something I’ve always wanted to do,” explained the 16-year-old. “I enjoy doing new activities with a ‘you only live once’ attitude.

“I understand how important the hospice is in the community. I can only try and help the hospice by fundraising money, which I am enjoying doing.”

The school, based in Spetchley Road, selected St Richard’s Hospice as one of its chosen charities – and the trio has received donations and support from staff and students.

“Why would a student not want to donate money to see their computing teacher jump out of a plane?” said Mr Boniface, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Computing and Business.

“I am excited, but in denial about the idea of being thousands of feet in the air and jumping out of a plane! The closest I normally get to altitude is the fact that my classroom is on the first floor.

“We are proud to support St Richard’s Hospice as a school. The charity is one that makes a huge difference to the lives of individuals and their families.”

Miss Young, curriculum leader, added: “I am feeling scared and excited. Family, friends and colleagues have donated. It is a team effort and we wanted to support Oscar.”

Oscar, who is in Year 11, has also held a number of raffles and a charity tuck shop to help raise funds.

Jodi Brandwood, Hospice Fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled to see teachers and students teaming-up for this challenge. It is sure to be an incredible experience which will create memories to last a lifetime.

“We are very grateful to everyone at Nunnery Wood for raising money in support of our care – thank you from all of us at St Richard’s.”

To make a donation to Mr Boniface visit: gofundme.com/mrbjumpsfromaplane Or, to support Oscar visit: www.gofundme.com/OscarSkyDive and to help Miss Young’s fundraising visit: www.gofundme.com/nwhs-skydive

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.

The hospice is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal and is part way through developing a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.  The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit: www.strichards.org.uk.