If lockdown has left you yearning to get out of the house, then why not pop one of Phyllis Tuckwell’s Skydive or Wing Walk days in your diary. They’re the ultimate outdoor activity, and what’s more, by taking part you’ll be raising money for a vital local charity.
Phyllis Tuckwell, which provides supportive and end of life care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, has had to cancel many of its fundraising events since the pandemic started, so these airborne events are even more important in helping to raise money to fund its care.
Three sponsored skydive days are planned throughout 2021, on Saturday 27th March, Saturday 19th June and Sunday 12th September. Held at the UK’s largest skydiving drop zone, in Netheravon, Salisbury, they are run by the Army Parachute Association, who will provide you with an in-depth training session before attaching you to one of their experienced tandem instructors for the jump. At 12,000 feet you’ll leave the plane behind as you both head back to terra firma, experiencing freefall speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour before your instructor deploys the parachute canopy and you begin your gentle five minute descent to the landing zone. Find out more and register now at www.pth.org.uk/events.
If you fancy staying airborne for a bit longer, why not try a sponsored Wing Walk? Sky-high and socially distanced, they are the ideal activity for these difficult times. You’ll be strapped to the top of a biplane which will fly at speeds of up to 130 mph, taking on thrilling flypasts and steep dives that you’ll never forget! This unmissable opportunity will take place on Wednesday 30th June at Rendcomb Airfield in Gloucestershire – register now to secure your place.
Every day, Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford. However, as the NHS/Government usually only covers about 20% of its annual costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all of these services, which it gives free of charge to its patients and their families.