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colleagues from Altogether Care parachute jump

Brave care workers ready to take on a parachute jump for Weldmar

7th September 2023


Fundraising News

Three colleagues from Altogether Care will be jumping out of plane at 15,000ft later this month to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare.

Jo Edwards, Kim Haggar, and Erin Hathaway are all based in the Bridport and Beaminster area, and taking on the challenge at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton on 30th September.

Erin says that she has a personal reason for supporting the charity. “They looked after my Nan when she needed end of life care. They also supported her partner, and the rest of my family so well. It was all happened quite quickly, and I couldn’t fault Weldmar’s care. It was nice to see a happy face in a sad situation. If it wasn’t for people like us fundraising, they wouldn’t be able to do what they do.”

“We work alongside Weldmar with a number of our clients,” explains Jo. “and so we can see the amazing care they give to people in end of life situations. We can also see the support they give to families, even after the person has passed away.”

The trio have been busy raising funds for the charity, with bake sales and a raffle, popping up at Bridport Market, the Melplash Show, and in the Altogether Care offices in Bridport and Beaminster. “Our employers have been very supportive,” says Kim, “doing things like producing and selling the raffle tickets for us, and the local business community have been amazing. We’ve had restaurants, dog groomers, hair salons, butchers, and so many more donate prizes, as well as support from friends and family.”

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How are they all feeling ahead of the big day? Kim says, “I’m feeling alright at the moment, but as it gets closer I’m thinking ‘Oh my goodness, what am I doing!’. I am looking forward to it, but I might not feel the same when I see that plane and the parachute!”

Whilst Erin admits to being ‘terrified’ – but says it will be worth it in the end – Jo says, “I’m really excited. I’ve done one before so I know what’s coming! It’s going to be brilliant.”

Jo says, “We’ve got quite a number of people coming to support us on the day. Friends, family, and colleagues. Probably just to make sure we actually get up there and do it!”

Our thanks to Jo, Kim, and Erin for all their fundraising for Weldmar, and we’re sure they will enjoy their day! There are last minute places available for the jump – find more details here.

If you would like to grab a raffle ticket, please contact the Altogether Care offices in Bridport and Beaminster.

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