A daredevil group of fundraisers, led by an 86-year-old from Winsford, has proved the sky’s the limit when it comes to supporting St Luke’s Hospice.
The team of five took on a Wing Walk challenge, collectively raising more than £14,000 for patient care at the Hospice.
St Luke’s very own hospice doctor and Danebridge GP Rebecca Mitchelson and her husband Simon took part, alongside Amy Johnson from Davenham who raised money in memory of her mum Diane Johnson, Aidan Killeen from Knutsford who wanted to raise money as a thank you for the care his brother received at the Hospice and 86 year old Vera Godfrey from Winsford who completed the challenge for the second year running.
Dr Becky said: “Our wing walking challenge was amazing. Not only was this a great way to raise money for the Hospice and enjoy a challenge, but it was a fantastic opportunity to support the other fundraisers who have all put themselves forward to raise money for St Luke’s.
“We all cheered each other on and clapped, laughed and spent some time thinking of those we were doing this for… our patients and their families. A memorable afternoon was had by all.”
Amy Johnson was the first of the group to complete to challenge on the day at AeroSuperBatics in Cirencester. She added: “The encouragement and camaraderie was incredible. It was extra special that I was doing it on the same day as Becky Mitchelson who was my mum’s palliative care doctor and has been, and still is, incredible to our family.
“It was also lovely to sit with the other wing walkers and understand why they were doing this and how St Luke’s had touched their lives. I know personally how special St Luke’s is but to hear of others’ experiences and stories and share the same feelings about the place really touched me. The level of care, support and love we received from mum being a day care patient to an inpatient was something I can’t put into words and I know my mum was so grateful. The Wing Walk went incredibly well and I would recommend it to everyone – it definitely is a once in a lifetime experience.”
Aidan Killeen from Knutsford signed up for the Wing Walk as a thank you for the care his brother received at the Hospice. He explained: “One of my brothers was given excellent end of life care at the Hospice after having battled cancer. They couldn’t have given any better care, so this seemed an ideal way of saying thank you.
“I was quite nervous on the day, but it was lovely to meet the rest of the group that were participating, who were genuinely a lovely bunch of people. The Wing Walk itself was slightly scary but totally exhilarating and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. It was an experience that I would recommend to everyone. To top it all an amazing amount of money has been raised to help provide the services at the hospice. Thanks to everyone who was involved. Certainly a day to remember!”
Octogenarian Vera Rogers from Winsford completed the Wing Walk for the second year running. The long term supporter of the Hospice has completed several Midnight Walks, two skydives, an abseil and a zip wire challenge for St Luke’s over the last 15 years. She said: “I came to Winsford from Liverpool in 1967 and it has been a wonderful place for my family. Over the years I’ve had a lot of friends cared for by St Luke’s and so I started fundraising for the Hospice. Little did I know that one day I would need St Luke’s as two years ago they cared for my husband. You just never know what’s around the corner.
“The Wing Walk was fantastic, it really was and everyone was brilliant. I got home at about 5 o’clock and then I went to a body combat class – you’ve got to keep active at my age! I’m just happy to raise money for the Hospice.”
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