Ross Dowsing has raised over £3,300 for St Elizabeth Hospice by completing a fundraising skydive in memory of his Mum, Heather Dowsing, who received support from the independent Suffolk charity before her death this year.
Taking place on 3rd September, at Beccles Airfield, the skydive saw Ross leap from a plane 10,000ft in the air, to help raise vital funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
Ross, who is from Ipswich and works for Miller Insurance, who are supporting St Elizabeth Hospice as their charity of the year, learnt of the skydiving opportunity through information shared by the Miller Insurance team.
Ross said: “The SkyDive was incredible and would strongly recommend that everyone gives it a go. The freefall part is something I’ll never forget.
“Personally I’m not a fan of heights or flying, so this wasn’t an ideal activity for me to do but the one single thing that got me through, was knowing I was doing it for the most deserving cause.
“Jumping out of plane and facing my fears – in my eyes – doesn’t begin to come close to making up to how grateful I am that the St Elizabeth Hospice was there to look after my Mum and make her comfortable all the way to the end. I’m proud to have such a great support network around me who donated as much as they have, some of which have their own personal experiences of the hospice.”
All funds raised will go towards St Elizabeth Hospice, which every year 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, at a cost of around £12 million annually.
Claire Jennings, Corporate and Sponsorship Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “A massive well done and thank you to Ross for raising a fantastic amount of money for the hospice and for taking on and completing this brilliant challenge.
“Every penny raised will make such a difference to the hospice as we continue to evolve and expand our services to support more patients and their loved ones throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.”