Skydiving Chaplain smashes fundraising target for St Clare Hospice
Charity / Fri 26th Nov 2021 pm30 02:58pm
Skydiving Chaplain Smashes Fundraising Target for St Clare Hospice
ANN Kosla, the St Clare Hospice Chaplain is not a natural thrill seeker but agreed to take on a sponsored skydive because she wanted to raise funds for the West Essex and East Herts charity. Postponed due to bad weather in October, the jump finally went ahead on Saturday 4 November and the extra time allowed Ann to boost her fundraising total to over £2,000!
Ann who lives in Chigwell, joined St Clare Hospice as the Chaplain at the beginning of last year. She said, “Unfortunately I was not allowed to wear my surplus on the jump as it was too bulky! After training, I was in the plane, strapped to a lovely young man called Archie without having time to think. The view from the plane was amazing. I could see the Suffolk coastline from Lowestoft to Southwold and beyond. I think I did scream initially as we left the plane but hurtling towards the ground at 120 miles per hour was a real adrenaline rush – what an experience!
“Then floating mid-air, feeling weightless was just surreal and viewing the landscape awesome. The landing was a bit bumpy and I couldn’t stand up for ages – my legs felt like jelly – but overall it was a fantastic experience.”
“Best of all I have raised over £2,115 for St Clare Hospice and it is not too late to donate!”
It costs £8,000 a day to run the free specialist St Clare Hospice services across West Essex and East Herts. The services include a bereavement hotline for those needing to talk about their loss as well as community nursing, a hospice at home service and a new Wellbeing hub for those people living at home with end of life care needs, who would benefit from specialist sessions such a breathlessness clinics.
To sponsor Ann, and help her raise as much as she can go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ann-kosla?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=ann-kosla&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=2c61aaa29fae40079ec869fb9b893aac.
I think you mean "surplice", not "surplus" :-) Well done, Ann.