Grandmother gears up to skydive for charity

Jane Hobbs (front) practicing her sky diving technique with friend Rosemary Macdonald (back).

Jane Hobbs (front) practicing her sky diving technique with friend Rosemary Macdonald (back).

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FUNDRAISERS young and old are supporting Shipston Home Nursing with some amazing fundraising feats.

Grandmother-of-four Jane Hobbs is gearing up to jump out of a plane to raise funds for the charity she has long supported.

Mrs Hobbs, of Little Wolford, near Shipston, is joining her granddaughter Charlotte Capel, aged 19, on Thursday, August 7 in a skydive at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield.

The 72-year-old, who has already collected £1,500 in donations for the charity, said she is not phased by the height and is looking forward to it.

"It doesn't really bother me at this point in time," she said. "But getting nearer the time how I will feel is another thing."

Mrs Hobbs said she agreed to do it with her granddaughter on the condition she could raise some money for a charity very close to her heart.

"As a long standing supporter of Shipston Home Nursing, I felt it was time that I did something big to help raise funds," she said.

"I live in the area and know it's something that's needed. They work so hard trying to raise money for it just felt if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it for a charity that was the one closest to home.

"Rebecca Mawle, the charity's fundraiser, I've known her for years and I know how hard she works. That's the reason I wanted to do it for Shipston Home Nursing.

"Please help me raise lots of money for this amazing charity, so it can continue providing such an amazing service."

To sponsor Mrs Hobbs, visit justgiving.com/janehobbs.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Robbie Cleave of Barcheston, near Shipston, is peddling 600 miles from Windsor to Bordeaux to raise money for the same charity.

The teenager and his friend Oliver Gillen-Toon are setting off on Monday (August 4) for their cycle ride and are hoping to complete the challenge in seven days.

Speaking to the Journal ahead of their bike ride, he said: “The idea of the Windsor to Bordeaux ride came up during conversation, someone else had done it and we thought it was a great idea.

"Then Mum suggested we raise money at the same time and she mentioned Shipston Home Nursing. After reading up on what the charity does I thought that would be a great idea too.

"The ride is around 600 miles, and in training we’ve been doing short cycle rides five days a week for the last two months. The route is still being finalised."

To sponsor Robbie, visit justgiving.com/Robbie-Cleave.

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