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Volunteers with a head for heights wanted for St Luke's Hospice charity skydive this April

Organisers hope to beat last year’s total of £49,000.

St Luke's supporter Bharat Pindoria skydiving in 2014

St Luke’s Hospice is calling on its supporters and the community to raise money by doing a skydive.

It wants local daredevils to sign-up for a repeat performance of last year’s parachute jump, which raised £49,000 for the Harrow-based hospice, on April 25.

Among those already committed to throwing themselves off an aeroplane 10,000 feet above Hinton Airfield is Mary Foley, from Preston Road, Brent. She said: “I'm doing this skydive in memory of my father John Pearson who passed away in November 2012 at the age of 92 following a long battle with dementia and also in memory my mother Ruth Pearson who was a great supporter of St Luke's.

“Before the onset of his dementia, my father once mentioned to me that given the opportunity he would have liked to do a skydive . However, the opportunity never arose for him to fulfil this ambition. I remembered this conversation and it set me thinking that perhaps one day I could fulfil this ambition for him in his memory.

“When I discovered that I could do this whilst supporting St Luke’s I felt this was the perfect opportunity as the hospice supported my father with palliative care during his final weeks and also gave me bereavement support following his death.”

The deadline to register for the St Luke’s skydive is February 16. To take part, go to www.stlukes-hospice.org/skydive or call Marlon Burton on 020 8382 8056.

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