Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

Family complete 11,000ft free-fall in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

Jane 1It was a real family affair when four members came together to complete an exhilarating 11,000ft free-fall skydive raising vital funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Gary Quinn and Jane Briscoe, owners of the Guild Ale House in Preston, completed the skydive with Gary’s son Jack Quinn and brother, Kevin Quinn, earlier this year.

The event took place at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster.

Jane said: “We decided to support St Catherine’s because both my grandparents were cared for by the hospice and before the Guild Ale House opened, it was a St Catherine’s Charity shop until 2013.

“I was absolutely petrified leading up to the skydive, Gary was fine because he’s done a parachute jump before.

“The day before weather was really bad, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be cancelled. When we arrived in the morning, just as I’d ordered my bacon butty and coffee there was a break in the clouds for us to do it – I didn’t even have time to think at that point.

“The free-fall was absolutely amazing, when you go through the clouds it was silent. I would definitely do another one again.”

St Catherine’s fundraising officer, Hayley Jackson, said “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Gary, Jane, Kevin and Jack for taking the plunge and raising £2,000 for the hospice. Without the continued support of our community, we wouldn’t be able to continue providing specialist palliative and end-of-life care to the people of Central Lancashire.”