Taking the plunge for hospice

Victoria Bell, Gareth Morris and Darren Booker and to take part in a sky dive for charity

Victoria Bell, Gareth Morris and Darren Booker and to take part in a sky dive for charity

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Brave colleagues from a Boston office are preparing to leap 10,000ft out of a plane to raise money for a hospice close to their hearts.

The intrepid trio from Focus Consultants will take the plunge with a tandem skydive to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice.

The parachute jump will see them freefall at speeds of more than 120mph as they hurtle towards the ground.

They will do all this in the hope of raising £1,200 for the hospice which gave care and support to the wife and family of one of the team.

Building surveyor Darren Booker’s wife, Elizabeth, died last year following her diagnosis of a rare form of non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was only 47.

Darren said: “This is my personal challenge in tribute to Liz, who was so very brave in facing her illness. No matter how she felt, she would always have a smile for you.

“St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice gave us both the support and care that was so very priceless at the most difficult of times. They were not the only organisation to help Liz but they were there right to the end.

“This challenge is what I have wanted to do for many years but Liz would not let me for fear of something going wrong and losing me.”

Darren, who works in the Boston office, will be joined by two colleagues, 16-year-old admin apprentice Victoria Bell and sustainability surveyor Gareth Morris.

Their tandem parachute jump will take place at Langar Airfield near Nottingham on Sunday, September 13.

Former Haven High pupil Victoria said: “I wanted to do the challenge for the experience. It is for a great charity so I thought there’s no better time to do it.”

l Sponsor the trio via: www.justgiving.com/Darren-Booker - www.justgiving.com/Victoria-Bell14 - or www.justgiving.com/Gareth-Morris22