19 daredevils taking a sky dive for Sheffield hospital charity

A team of local daredevils have taken a dive from 15,000 feet to raise funds for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

By Nik Farah
Wednesday, 29 May, 2019, 10:44
Chris Challenger and his family ahead of his dive

The brave faces included a team of nurses from the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which was rallied together by Maria Vincent – a specialist limb reconstruction nurse at the city’s Northern General Hospital.

Maria said: “We’re all equally daft for the doing the sky dive, and all have our individual reasons for doing it – some of the team are patients receiving treatment, some are colleagues wanting to raise funds for the department, and others are relatives of my colleagues who simply want to help a good cause.”

Chris Challenger wanted to raise funds to show his appreciation for the on-going support, care and treatment his uncle has had since being diagnosed with an uncommon cancer.

Chris said: “The past few years have been pretty tough, with my grandad losing a hard-fought battle to cancer and my uncle being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just over a year ago.

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“I wanted to give something back to the NHS for the amazing care and treatment he's received. Nothing has been too much trouble. His consultants have provided care and compassion, explaining each procedure, and all the staff on the wards have been unbelievable, keeping spirits high.

“I didn’t really have any nerves leading up to the jump. I think my family were more nervous than I was, it was only when the plane kept going up I thought ‘wow this is high!’”

Community fundraiser for Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Kimberley France, said: “To see so many people all supporting different parts of the hospitals that they have received such excellent care in, and to be able to support them on the day was an absolute pleasure.”