Scary going up but then it was just like flying

Cotswold Journal: JUMPING FOR JOY: Lee Thurston and therapist Becky Groom took part in a skydive to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. JUMPING FOR JOY: Lee Thurston and therapist Becky Groom took part in a skydive to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

TWO daredevils from a Cotswolds spa took on a challenge of a lifetime when they jumped 10,000ft from a plane for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Spa manager Lee Thurston and therapist Becky Groom, of the Cotswold House Hotel, in Chipping Campden, took part in the skydive on April 30 at Hinton in Oxfordshire.

Mr Thurston, aged 23, from Worcester, is supporting the charity where his mother Sue works while Becky, 21, from Moreton, will also be fund-raising for St Richard’s.

The pair have now reached their £1,500 target with help from staff at the hotel and the Noel Arms Hotel across the road.

“It was great,” said Mr Thurston. “We will definitely do it again. I was frightened going up but once I came out it was like I was flying.

“Becky wasn’t so nervous. She was quite confident about it all. She got down and was jumping for joy.”

St Richard’s Hospice, which is about to embark on redeveloping and extending the in-patient unit, provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families.

People can still make donations at the Cotswold House Hotel, the Noel Arms Hotel, Campden, or at justgiving.com/ lee-thurston1.

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