Staff’s plight to raise cash for kid’s hospice

Staff at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries doing skydive for Forget Me Not.
Staff at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries doing skydive for Forget Me Not.

Staff at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries are preparing to plummet 16,000 feet from an aircraft to raise cash for charity.

The group of 15 members of staff at the Bradford Road nursery will be doing a tandem sky dive on June 22 in order to raise a minimum of £6,400 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Staff at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries doing skydive for Forget Me Not.

Staff at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries doing skydive for Forget Me Not.

They will be joined by Jason Costello who is the partnership development manager at the hospice who will be facing his fear of heights to raise cash. The nursery joined the 99er scheme in March and now donates 99p per day to the hospice. Charlotte Roebuck, managing director, visited the hospice with her husband Robert to look round with the intention of creating a volunteering scheme for all of their 36 nursery staff, from the MD down to their junior apprentices.

Robert said: “The hospice links in well, we look after children in this community and there is 700 children with life limiting disease so we knew it would be something our parents would be very interested in and make a real interest for the children to get involved in and the staff.

“We are also looking at doing a volunteer scheme where our staff will be released for half days to either go to the hospice or the shops while still getting paid by the company. We have professional carers who we think can contribute a great deal. “The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is our life long charity and we plan on doing a series of challenges next year.”

In September Dawn Swaine and Charlotte will be taking part in the Mont Blanc Massif-Alps Trek Challenge to raise vital funds for the hospice. The 65km trek will take them through the Mont Blanc region of the Alps.

Jason said: “It’s amazing that 14 members of the team at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries are jumping at the chance to raise money to help support the children and families we care for. When Robert told me he and 13 others wanted to skydive for us I was blown away, as we’ve never had so many participants sign up for this challenge from one company, I’m really looking forward to meeting them all on the day.”