Skies the limit for pair raising money for care home activities

Malvern Gazette: SKY'S THE LIMIT: General manager Helen Grice and social event co-ordinator, Lucy Gordon are taking part in a sponsored tandem parachute jump to raise money for the Rashwood resident's activity fund. Picture by John Anyon 1914590701. SKY'S THE LIMIT: General manager Helen Grice and social event co-ordinator, Lucy Gordon are taking part in a sponsored tandem parachute jump to raise money for the Rashwood resident's activity fund. Picture by John Anyon 1914590701.

A FEAR of heights has not put one woman off joining her manager on a skydive to help raise money to fund activities for care home residents.

Activities co-ordinator Lucy Gordon and general manager Helen Grice will be taking the leap of faith on Wednesday, July 16 watched on by residents from Rashwood Care Home, Wychbold, Droitwich.

Despite being terrified of heights, Mrs Gordon said she was willing to take on the challenge because the people living at Rashwood Care Home meant so much to her and Mrs Grice.

The 26-year-old, from Perdiswell, Worcester, said: "It is something that is very close to our hearts, the residents mean so much to us and they know how terrified I am.

"Luckily, Helen is more relaxed about it all so I'm hoping she will calm my nerves on the day."

The plucky pair's upcoming challenge has become a talking point with the home's 53 residents.

They have been offering Mrs Gordon and Mrs Grice advice from family members who have completed skydives and a few have jokingly offered to give it a go themselves.

Mrs Gordon said: "I am nervous but I'm very excited as well because I am sure it will be an amazing experience.

"It's always something I've wanted to do.

"The money will help pay for the residents' activities and all the equipment we use as well as the places we take them and things like that.

"I've got a really good relationship with the residents and it is an ongoing topic of conversation.

"On the actual day we are going to take some of them with us to watch.

"We're taking a mini bus down, some staff are coming along too and we'll have a picnic.

"There will be no backing out then - not that I would anyway."

They hope to raise £2,000 and have set up an online fundraising page for sponsorship at www.doitforcharity.com/HGRICE.

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