Skydive in grandad’s memory raises cash for Blythe House Hospice

Becky Spray jumped out of plane and raised �900 for Blythe House Hospice in memory of her grandad.
Becky Spray jumped out of plane and raised �900 for Blythe House Hospice in memory of her grandad.

A Hope Valley nurse took on her fear of heights by jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft in memory of her grandad.

Becky Spray, the 40-year-old mother-of-one, who raised £912, said: “I am a bit of a control freak and don’t really like heights or flying, so doing a skydive from 15,000ft was a challenge.

“I work as a practice nurse at the Evelyn Medical Centre and had seen the care that Blythe House provides through work, but you never think it will be you that needs them.

“Without the care of Blythe House, my grandad would not have been able to die at home, where he wanted to be.

“The Hospice at Home service provided carers each night.

“They not only looked after my grandad but gave support to the whole family as well.”

Blythe House Hospice provides care and support for those in the High Peak community affected by cancer, life-threatening illness or bereavement.

Becka White, fundraising and communications assistant, said: “Our fantastic Hospice at Home service is a continuation of the support we offer for patients and families to be cared for in their own homes.”

More than 90 per cent of UK hospice care is provided through services, such as those at Blythe House.

It costs £926,000 every year - or £2,537 per day - to keep Blythe House running, and services remain free of charge due to the generosity of the community.

Becky added: “I would like to thank all of my friends, family and patients who sponsored my skydive. I’ve done it and raised money for a wonderful cause but I didn’t enjoy myself - but no one would sponsor you if it was easy.”