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Staff skydive with the Red Devils

Thames Hospice’s acrophobic (that’s a fear of heights!) Chief Executive, Debbie Raven, and Annette Welsher, Crowthorne Shop Manager, bravely took to the skies last Thursday (24 September) to raise vital funds for the charity.

Debbie and Annette completed the exhilarating 13,000-foot freefall, from Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury, and between them have so far raised around £2,000 for Thames Hospice.

After accelarating mid-air from 0-120mph in 10 seconds, Debbie said: “It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done but I am so delighted to have conquered my fears to raise vital funds for the hospice.”

Annette added: “I was very calm in the plane climbing up, but once that door opened I thought ‘what have I done?!’. It was a truly amazing experience and the Red Devils were so professional.”

The Red Devils are the official parachute display team of The Parachute Regiment and the British Army. They perform at high profile and spectacular events around the country, raising the profile of the British Army. They only have a limited number of charity jump days a year and Thames Hospice is lucky enough to partner with them for these.

To sponsor Debbie click here, or for Annette, pop into the Crowthorne shop to fill out her sponsorship form.