A fearless adrenalin junkie is on cloud nine after completing a skydive to raise funds for a Lancashire Hospice.
Fiona Whalley, 46, who lives in Leyland, jumped from a plane at 15,000ft to experience the most thrilling 60 seconds of her life and raised £500 for St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall, near Preston.
Now she is gearing up to scale dizzy heights once again as she looks ahead to the St Catherine’s Hospice 120ft abseil challenge on Saturday October 5.
Fiona, who wanted to support the hospice after the death of her father Gordon last year, said: “My father’s death made me see how important end of life care is to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect and are as comfortable as
they can be in those final days.
““Falling through the sky was the most indescribably amazing experience.
“After we jumped there was no fear, just total exhilaration, and despite the wind noise and speed, there was an incredible feeling of peace as we looked at the blue sky, white clouds, and the patchwork of fields as the ground hurtled up towards us.”
After completing her first challenge at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster, Fiona is now gearing up for the abseil next Saturday.
There are still a few places left for the sponsored event at Preston Holiday Inn.
All money raised will help fund the specialised care and support St Catherine’s provides to those with life-limiting illnesses.
The next St Catherine’s skydive will take place in April 2014.
Visit www.stcatherines.co.uk for updates and to sign up for the abseil. Alternatively, call Emma Jacovelli on 01772 629171.