Ottery St Mary mum set for world record skydive attempt
PUBLISHED: 16:15 08 May 2016
Toni is aiming to raise £1,000 for Kings House Hospice
An intrepid Ottery mum will make her mark in history by taking part in a world record skydive attempt for Kings House Hospice.
Toni Hiscocks, 44, of Spring Gardens, is assistant practitioner at the day centre in Honiton and is aiming to raise £1,000 by jumping 15,000 feet from a plane on Monday, June 20.
She will join hundreds of others in a Guinness World Record attempt for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours taking place at Dunkeswell Airfield.
The mum-of-two said: “I am looking forward to it because I know how it’s going to benefit the patients and their families.
“I have never done a skydive before, but I came close when I lived in America 22 years ago.”
Toni says she has received lots of support from patients, volunteers and the wider community and has taken up running with a group in Ottery to get fitter ahead of the skydive.
The money she raises will be put towards ongoing costs at Kings House, as well helping purchase new games for its support groups, and general upkeep of the building.
“This is the biggest thing I have done for charity so far,” she added. “I think everyone should do something like this once in their life. Kings House is great place to work - it’s an essential facility for the community that brings people together in very difficult times. We have a very enthusiastic team here who offer great support to patients and their families. We cannot function without the volunteers and volunteer drivers here.”
There are collection tins available throughout the town for anyone who would like to donate. Their locations include the Hospiscare shop in Broad Street, Coleridge Medical Centre and Sal’s Café in Mill Street.
Anyone who would prefer to donate in person can pop into Kings House and see Toni.
Find out more and donate online by visiting: www.skydiveukltd.com/skydive/charity/sponsor-a-friend/profile/?id=28