Sky dive raises thousands for hospital departments
A BRAVE band of hospital staff and members of the community have joined forces to face their fears and raise more than £7,000 for West Suffolk Hospital Charity.
A team of 25 took part in the fundraising challenge on Saturday to raise money for five different areas of the hospital.
Fundraising appeals to purchase a new bronchoscope for the respiratory department and an arterial blood gas analyser for F10 were supported along with the hospital's dermatology department, Ward G1 and a drive to enhance the support it offers to patients with dementia.
Kerri Welham, respiratory nurse specialist, took part in the sky dive to raise money for a new bronchoscope.
She said: "This was a real challenge for me as I am scared of heights - and I was very nervous as I waited to take to the skies.
"But as soon as I stepped onto the plane, I really enjoyed the whole experience. I have received so much generous support from family, friends and work colleagues and I would like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of them.
"A new bronchoscope would speed up investigations and treatment of patients diagnosed with lung cancer or tuberculosis so every penny we have raised from the sky dive is hugely appreciated."
Elsewhere, the sky dive fundraising from Kirsty Ollivere and Darren Kirk has enabled a new dermatoscope to be purchased, a machine that allows specialists to diagnose skin lesions and also early forms of skin cancer.
The full list of participants were Claire Starie, Lisa Hancock, Stephen Lambert, Claire Jolly, Paul Hunter, Gill Cooksey, Darren Kirk, Kirsty Ollivere, Fay Last, Jessica Davies, Lucy Kroon, Lucy Whent, Joanne Hayward, Maggie Woodhouse, Angie Manning, Elliot Stubbs, Jessica Pawson, Matthew Rawlings, Laura Bloomfield, Imma Parlato, Lee Warwick and Becky Nicholson.
Dave Gooderham, Fundraising Manager for the Hospital, said: "For our first organised sky dive, we couldn\'t have asked for a better day - even the weather supported our efforts, staying dry in the morning.
"It was an amazing total raised and we would like to thank everyone who supported the 25 participants. But it would have been nothing without their efforts and for creating such a good team spirit between different departments of the hospital."