10th July 2018
Fearless fundraiser takes the plunge for Notts Hospice
When Sylv Brown finished breast cancer treatment, she did two things that shocked her family. She got a tattoo and signed up for a Skydive.
After Sylv, 65, had come through a gruelling treatment regime of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she was determined to live life to the full and do the things she’d always wanted to do.
“I’d always fancied sky-diving but everyone thought I was mad,” says the mother of two from East Leake.
“My husband, who has a private pilot’s licence, said he’d never jump out of a perfectly good plane, and my daughters questioned my sanity!”
Undeterred, Sylv took the plunge at Langar Airfield in April, jumping from a height of 14,500 feet and freefalling 12,000 feet before the parachute opened. Her daredevil leap raised £800 for Nottinghamshire Hospice.
“On the way up on the plane Nick, my tandem instructor, kept asking if I was nervous yet and I said no. Even when I was sitting on the edge I wasn’t scared.
“It was an amazing feeling and now I want to do another one!”
Sylv chose to fundraise for Nottinghamshire Hospice because her husband is a County Councillor and the hospice was the Chairman’s charity last year.
Assistant Community Fundraiser Amy Longstaff said: “Sylv is such an inspiring lady and we’re so pleased she chose to support Nottinghamshire Hospice. Without the support of people like Sylv we simply couldn’t provide the care that we do in our local community. We’re thrilled with how much she has raised and can’t wait to hear what challenge she has lined up next!”
Nottinghamshire Hospice needs £2.7 million each year to carry out its work caring for patients and their families across the county. This year it aims to raise £50,000 through a series of charity challenges ranging from skydives and running events to a trek up Kilimanjaro or along the Great Wall of China.
If you would like to fundraise for Nottinghamshire Hospice contact the fundraising team on 0115 910 1008, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.nottshospice.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/