Skydive nets hospice cash

Back on level ground ... Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fundraiser, Pam Chappell and Sue Long, hospice community fundraiser.
Back on level ground ... Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fundraiser, Pam Chappell and Sue Long, hospice community fundraiser.
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A DAREDEVIL woman, who leapt from a plane in memory of a friend, has raised funds for charity.

Pam Chappell, 60, from Clare, made the jump in a tandem skydive – a present from her sons for her birthday in March.

Pam, who raised £687 by taking part in the skydive, asked her friends for donations to St Nicholas Hospice Care at her 60th birthday party.

She said: “When I brought in the money to the hospice and mentioned I was taking part in a skydive, they encouraged me to raise sponsorship for the charity through the stunt.”

In October 2009, one of Pam’s closest friends, Denise Sheridan, died at the Bury St Edmunds hospice, aged 53, after a struggle with breast cancer.

“Denise was incredibly brave and always a joy to be with,” said Pam.

“She was so brave and positive and would have loved the skydive.

“My friend did dive with me though as I had a small picture of Denise in my pocket, just to remind me not to be afraid.”

St Nicholas Hospice Care, which looks after people with terminal illnesses, praised Pam’s fundraising efforts.

Community fundraiser Sue Long said: “Pam is one of those inspirational women who not only passionately supports the hospice but isn’t afraid to leap out of a plane to prove it.

“We are so grateful for everything she has done and continues to do. The hospice has to raise £10,000 every day to continue offering its services so donations such as this are vital.”