Local mum’s skydive for Jessie May charity

Jo Hancock on a charity skydive for the Jessie May Trust.

A Bradley Stoke mum has taken part in a sponsored skydive to raise funds for a charity that is close to her heart.

Jo Hancock, who helps run the Gymtastic pre-school gym club at Filton Community Centre, along with her boss Sherri Webber, undertook the skydive at the Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury on Saturday 14th May.

Their aim was to raise at least £600 for the Jessie May Trust, a Bristol-based charity providing palliative care, end of life and bereavement care for terminally ill children and their families in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Jo explained:

“We got involved with Jessie May through one of our Gymtastic parents and dear friend Caroline, who is also a Jessie May nurse. Two years ago we undertook a fire walk and raised just over £1,000 between the three of us.”

“We are so fortunate to have the option of their support within the area we live in; other counties are not so fortunate. We have met the team and a couple of the nurses; they are inspirational and do a fantastic but sometimes very difficult job.”

Speaking about the skydive, Jo said:

“It was a fantastic day with friends and family coming to support us; the weather was also kind, thankfully! It was the most terrifying but amazing experience I’ve ever had, but knowing how much money we have raised gave me the extra boost!”

As we went to press, Jo and Sherri had raised just under £1,900, through both online and paper sponsorship.

Jo said:

“We pledged to raise £600. Never did we expect to raise as much as we have and the donations are still coming in!”

“If anyone has a couple of pounds they would like to contribute to this fantastic cause, they can do so via our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SWebberJHancock

Photo: Jo Hancock on her charity skydive. [Credit: Go Skydive]

Jo Hancock and Sherri Webber on a charity skydive for the Jessie May Trust.

Photo: Jo Hancock and Sherri Webber.

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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