Sue’s Dubai skydive for St Catherine’s!
An adrenalin junkie took the plunge for St Catherine’s Hospice when she completed a jaw-dropping skydive over Dubai.
Sue Jezzard was inspired by her daughter, a teacher working in Saudi Arabia, who had completed the jump the previous year.
It meant when they met up for their annual holiday in Dubai, Sue arranged for it to be her turn.
Sue, a practice manager at Regent House Surgery in Chorley, said: “I was really looking forward to it but was also scared and apprehensive as I don’t really do heights.
“I am an adrenaline junkie so have swam with sharks and skied down very high mountains, but this was definitely my biggest challenge yet.”
The 53-year-old said the butterflies in her stomach had certainly been worth it and she would recommend adding ‘skydive’ to anyone’s bucket list.
“It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done looking down and seeing the earth like that. I was in awe at the view – especially in Dubai because you can see the palm which looked amazing. It was very quiet as well which I wasn’t expecting. A fantastic experience which was also very emotional – I didn’t really have the words to describe my feelings.”
Sue decided to use the jump to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice and in total collected an amazing £800 in sponsorship from family, friends, patients at the surgery and colleagues at Chorley Clinical Commissioning Group.
She said: “My dad died of cancer approximately 16 years ago and then my uncle died, again of cancer, earlier this year – although he didn’t actually make it into the hospice that’s where he wanted to go. We also do quite a lot of work with St Catherine’s as a lot of our patients do go there so it’s quite close to my heart. I wanted to use my experience to help others.”
Tanita Mistry, fundraiser at St Catherine’s, said: “The pictures of Sue’s skydive look absolutely incredible. It sounds like it was an amazing experience, which has raised much-needed funds for the hospice.
“Whilst we can’t offer the glamorous surroundings of Dubai, St Catherine’s does run regular skydives where people can jump for free when they raise a certain amount in sponsorship for the hospice. Contact our fundraising office if you’re interested in taking the plunge!”
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