Almost £60k raised by daredevil fundraising group

A daredevil group have quite literally proved the sky’s the limit when it comes to raising money for their Hospice.

The seven-strong band of friends held two significant fundraisers under the title How Many Days Can We Raise, collecting almost £60,000 for St Michael’s.

The bulk of this came from a dinner and auction at Upper Womaston Farm, led by group member Kathryn Williams whose mum was cared for by the Hospice at Home team.

Kathryn, together with the rest of the team which featured her sister Anita Skyrme, Shaun Davies, Sally Williams, Carol Morris, Jane Layton and Steve Williams, also leapt from a plane during a skydive, helping boost the total by more than £10,000. Melvyn Hughes also played a big part in arranging the dinner.

The idea behind the fundraisers was to see, in monetary terms, how many days of care could be paid for at St Michael’s. The current daily care costs at the Hospice stand at around £14,000.

‘Everyone knows someone who has needed St Michael’s,’ said Kathryn.

‘The dinner and auction, although a lot of work, was easy because no-one said ‘no’. We asked for their services, their money and their time and everyone was more than happy to deliver. We would like to thank every single person who has in any way helped make this fantastic total.’

Paddy Nugent, the Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, said the team’s hard work and dedication paid off.

‘It truly is an astounding total which will help families in our community at a time they need it most,’ he said.