Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice, is holding a Skydive to raise funds to help them provide free, specialist care for as long as it’s needed, within the home, in the community and at their two hospices.
The Skydive on the 14th of September, will give those taking part a chance to see the beautiful East Coast in a way they’ve never seen before as they take to the skies over Beccles in Suffolk
Deniece Dimmick did her very first skydive this May to raise money for the charity, after her best friend Clive Watson was cared for by Fair Havens until he died at the hospice on 5th November 2018.
Clive from Benfleet had been diagnosed with cancer in February 2016, and he and Deniece tried to do everything on his bucket list during those two years, but they never got to do the skydive.
“A skydive was always on my bucket list,” explains Deniece, “but with heights being my biggest fear I never thought I would do one. Then when Clive was in the hospice receiving end of life care he gave me the details for the skydive and told me to do it.
“It was always on Clive’s list,” she continues, “and that day I made a promise that I was never going to break. I just told myself to be thankful I am still here and can get to experience this and feel fear and adrenaline. And to raise money for Havens Hospices meant everything too as they took amazing care of my best friend with the upmost dignity, love and attention.”
Deniece raised £1,200 from the Skydive and she would encourage anyone else to take that leap. “I was absolutely petrified beforehand and barely slept two nights prior to the skydive. After the dive I felt so immensely proud that I kept my promise to Clive and always said if I can do this, I can do anything.”
Emma Hamilton, Challenges Fundraiser for Havens Hospices, said “We can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters like Deniece by taking part in this unique experience and raising vital funds for us will be helping us continue to fulfil our promise of ‘Making every day count’ for every baby, child, young person, adult and their families.”
If you’ve been inspired by Deniece and would like to tick Skydive off your bucket list this September please click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/events].