Charity skydive raises over £6,500 for hospice

Mark Willett has raised £6,547 for independent Suffolk charity, St Elizabeth Hospice after completing a fundraising skydive this October.

Taking place at Beccles Airfield, on 21st October, Mark’s skydive saw him jump 13,000ft from a plane, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

“It was quite the experience and I am so glad I’ve done it, particularly as the amount raised was way beyond my expectations,” explained Mark, who lives in Ipswich.

“The care the hospice has given to a number of my family members means St Elizabeth Hospice is a cause close to my heart and by doing this fundraising skydive, this was my way of saying ‘thank you’.

“I even wore a Norwich City FC shirt which, as a staunch Ipswich fan, hurt a lot! But the Chairman of my employers, Auction House East Anglia, agreed that if I did this that he would match whatever amount I raised.

“So wearing the yellow and green was more than worth it in the end and a small price to pay for the amazing amount raised, but I am pleased to have discarded the shirt now! A massive thank you to everyone who supported me, it is greatly appreciated and really will make a difference to a vital service.”

An independent charity, every year St Elizabeth Hospice delivers specialist palliative care to more than 3,000 people living with a progressive or life-limiting illness, and their families, throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

Liz Baldwin, Corporate and Sponsorship Fundraising Manager, said: “A massive well done and thank you to Mark for completing his skydive and to everyone who supported him in raising such an amazing amount of money for the hospice.

“Every penny raised will really make a difference to our services as we continue to expand our care to support more patients and their families throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.”

To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice call 01473 723600 or visit

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