Skydive raises £5,000 in memory of Rich
Published on: 10 Jul 2015
Amazing, yet emotional, is how Ashley Robinson described the skydive he and a group of pals did in memory of good friend Richard Masters.
Their jump has raised over £5,500, which will be going to St Peter's Hospice – the charity which cared for Richard and his family throughout his diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Richard, 35, sadly lost his battle to the rare cancer which develops in the vessels and glands, last October.
He was given only weeks to live on two occasions, but fought the disease for three years until he decided to stop his treatment. Richard left behind wife Lee-Anne and son Soul, 7.
Ashley took the leap at Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire on June 21 alongside friends Alex, Fay, Chris, Stuart, Aref, Ian and Ed. Six more are to complete the skydive in the coming weeks in memory of Richard.
Many of the people taking part are fellow parents of children attending Charborough Road Primary in Filton, the school Soul attends.
Ashley, best friend of Richard, said: “The jump was amazing and also emotional at the same time as we all remembered Rich.
“Lee-Anne and Soul also managed to join us on the day, which was really great that they could see us all jump.
“It's been an amazing experience organising this event and doing it for such a great cause. We have also been able to remember Rich and how much we miss and love him.”
Chris Gregory, who took part in the skydive, said: "I'm absolutely dumbfounded how successful the event has been - from the numbers of people who bravely stepped forward to the generosity of everyone who has already, and still continue to donate.
"I am so very proud to be part of such an awesome event, and to have such a remarkable bunch of selfless people willing to give so much time and effort and to put their body on the line to have experienced it with. When you consider most of us are scared of heights I am surprised we managed to get out of the aircraft door!
"But of course you just had to remember what a great cause we were doing it for and what an awesome and incredibly brave man Rich was, and his family too gave us all the impetus we needed.
"I sincerely hope that the money we raise will be able to make a real difference to St. Peter's hospice to help them to continue to provide their wonderful service."
Louise James, community fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice, said: "We are thrilled with the fundraising efforts by Chris, Ash, Faye and all the other supporters that bravely jumped out of plane at 10,000 feet to raise money for the Hospice.
"They have raised a staggering £5,000 so far in memory of Richard, such a fantastic achievement, they should all be very proud.
"The money raised could allow our community nurses to make 50 home visits to our patients in Bristol.
"On behalf of everyone at St Peter’s Hospice we want to thank all of the daring individuals that took in the challenge, we can not continue to care for our patients without this kind of support from our local community."
The group is hoping to do the same again next year to raise more money for St Peter's Hospice.
The group is still welcoming donations for the skydive. To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/Stpetersskydive.
From left to right, friends Alex, Fay, Chris, Stuart, Ashley, Aref, Ian and Ed.