Student’s hop, skip and jump challenge for St Catherine’s!
A student who has already hopped on a bike and skipped a half marathon to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice is now gearing up for his biggest challenge yet – jumping out of a plane from 11,000ft!
George Woods set himself the Hop, Skip, Jump challenge to raise money for the hospice after seeing how important the charity’s work is whilst volunteering on the in-patient unit.
The former Cardinal Newman College student, who hopes to study biomedical science at Newcastle University from September, has already completed the 60-mile Manchester to Blackpool bike ride and the Southport Half Marathon.
Now he is preparing for the hospice’s charity skydive on Saturday September 20th – although he admits this will be the toughest challenge yet!
George, aged 18, said: “After volunteering on the wards at the hospice for over two years, I have witnessed first-hand the fantastic work which goes in to caring for each and every patient. The experience has highlighted to me the excellent level of care being delivered and the importance of each different department in ensuring it is continued.
“Maintaining such a service is challenging and costly, resulting in a high demand for donations. This is what led me to make the decision to fundraise on behalf of the hospice. I thought the Hop, Skip, Jump challenge was something a little bit different which should hopefully raise as much money as possible.
“The half marathon was pretty tough – particularly the last few miles! When I first booked on, I thought the skydive would be easy – but now I’m thinking about it even more and it’s sinking in what I have got to do! It really brought it home when I was on the plane going on holiday and saw how high it will be! I’m sure it will be a great experience though and it will be worth it to help raise funds for St Catherine’s.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the wards at the hospice and I will miss it when I go away to university – I’d certainly recommend it to others.”
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