Fearless fundraisers skydive to raise thousands for Letchworth-based Garden House Hospice Care

The team from LV= in Hitchin after the jump. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

The team from LV= in Hitchin after the jump. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care - Credit: Archant

A squad of fearless fundraisers leapt out of an aeroplane to raise thousands of pounds for Garden House Hospice Care.

Hitchin's Nicola Perricone, who jumped in memory of her husband's grandfather, who was cared for at

Hitchin's Nicola Perricone, who jumped in memory of her husband's grandfather, who was cared for at the hospice two years ago. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care - Credit: Archant

Twenty-two daredevils took to the skies at Chatteris airfield in Cambridgeshire to plummet through the clouds in aid of the Letchworth-based hospice, which serves the communities of North Herts, Stevenage and beyond.

Those jumping included hospice staff, supporters and employees from corporate partners LV= Hitchin, TSB Stevenage, Sainsbury’s Hitchin and Tesco Baldock.

Chris Phillips, of Phillips Digital Print in Letchworth, also took the leap.

He said afterwards: “We’ve supported the hospice for many years now and this was an exciting opportunity I just couldn’t resist.

Chris Phillips, of Phillips Digital Print in Letchworth, after his jump. Picture: Garden House Hospi

Chris Phillips, of Phillips Digital Print in Letchworth, after his jump. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care - Credit: Archant


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“Despite the initial nerves, it was an amazing experience I will never forget.”

Chris’ comrades on the day included Steve Mellish, one of the hospice’s trustees – who was quick to sing the praises of all who took part.

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He said: “We would like to thank all our jumpers for going to such great lengths to support our work.

“We need to generate over £3.2 million income a year to continue our services – so every £1 they have raised really will make a difference.”

Hospice trustee Steve Mellish after his jump. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

Hospice trustee Steve Mellish after his jump. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care - Credit: Archant

The total raised is still being totted up, but the hospice anticipates that it may bring in more than £11,000.

Anyone interested in taking part in a Garden House fundraising skydive in the future should call Katy Terry on 01462 679540.

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