Charity skydive total reaches dizzying heights

Charlie O'Brien takes to the skies for Keech Hospice
Charlie O'Brien takes to the skies for Keech Hospice

A young woman has raised a lofty sum for Keech Hospice after a 10,000ft skydive.

Charlie O’Brien, 27, took to the skies at Hinton Skydiving Centre on Sunday, May 12, after raising over £1,500 for the hospice.

Ms O’Brien, who works for Pictons solicitors in Milton Keynes, embraced the challenge and managed to surpass her original target sum.

She said: “It was a big challenge for me not only to do the skydive, but also to raise funds for Keech.

“I aimed for £300 initially yet people have been so generous my final total topped £1,600.

“I held an afternoon tea at my flat for family and friends which raised over £260.”

The hospice, based in Luton, provides vital support and aid to patients and families.

Ms O’Brien was inspired to start raising the money after attending the Keech penalty kings tournament.

She explained: “I have visited Keech several times for meetings and events as they are Pictons Charity of the Year, but was more recently spurred on to raise money for them while taking part in the Keech Penalty Kings tournament for staff, parents and patients from the children’s ward.

“It really brought home to me how valuable all of the staff are in their efforts to make Keech as beautiful a place as it is both inside and out for everyone.

“I was totally humbled to see these children and babies with such life limiting illnesses able to put that aside and to be a child just for that one day.

“I walked away determined to do something.”

Miss O’Brien’s donation page is still open on the Justgiving site if you would like to support Keech yourself.