Two of the marketing team from Edenmore Nursing Home, in Ilfracombe, Devon, have just raised around £1000 for the Alzheimer’s Society in two sponsored tandem parachute jumps. 99% of those being cared for at Edenmore live with dementia and Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
Jessica Caine and Luke Barnett took to the sky on Sunday 5th August, from Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon, and jumped, each attached to their instructors.
Jessica had parachuted once before and said the views were incredible, but it was Luke’s first jump. Prior to taking off, he admitted to being terrified of heights, preferring his feet planted firmly on the ground. Shortly after landing he said “It was all over so quickly, I didn’t have time to be scared”
They jumped from 15,000 feet, any higher would need an oxygen supply, and within seconds, they were plummeting downwards at 120mph, in a tandem jump, which is the easiest of all skydives. It requires only 30 minutes of training before jumping, each strapped to a British Parachute Association Tandem Instructor. Jessica and Luke said that jumping was a truly unforgettable experience, and a fantastic way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society
They raised enough money to pay for 2 years’ worth of clinical trial drugs to search for an effective treatment for vascular dementia. Speaking afterwards, they said the day was a total success for both Edenmore Nursing Home, and for Alzheimer’s Society.
Jerry Short, Evolve Care Group
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