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

Take to the skies in support of St Catherine’s Hospice

A hospice nurse is calling on daredevils to take on an exhilarating skydive in support of St Catherine’s this Spring.

The Lostock Hall charity has hosted a number of jumps over the years at Black Knights Parachute Centre near Lancaster, raising thousands of pounds to help fund its specialised care for people affected by life-shortening illnesses across Central Lancashire.

The next 11,000ft freefall takes place on Saturday, April 21, with a limited number of places still up for grabs.

Maxine Concannon – one of the charity’s Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who cares for people out in the community and in their own homes – took to the skies for St Catherine’s after experiencing the ‘excellent’ care of the hospice when her own father stayed on the inpatient unit in December 2014.

She said: “I was really nervous about doing the skydive, but it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It was such an amazing experience; I just loved it and would do it every week if I could!

“I’d really encourage people to jump at the chance – it’ll be the most amazing experience!”

“I’ve seen what the hospice does from both sides of the fence,” she added. “I always knew the staff on the inpatient unit were fantastic, but to actually be on the other side, as a family member when my dad died at the hospice, was very strange, but also very reassuring. They really are brilliant.

“It felt good to give something back.”

To sign up for this year’s St Catherine’s skydive, call 01772 629171 or email