ERICA, orginally from England, now living in Spain has always had an ambition to do a sky dive. Finally after some encouragement from a friend she registered and paid for the jump herself. As she was doing the jump anyway, she decided to make it worthwhile and raise some money for the Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity at the same time.
So, at a small airfield in Castellon, Erica and her sky dive partner jumped out of a small plane, from 4,000 metres (approx 13,000 feet) and free falling for the first 60 seconds before the parachute opened. She was watched by her husband Alan and youngest grandson Aden who wisely remained safely on the ground.
Through the generosity of friends from the Petanca Group, Urbanisations Buena Vista 9 and 10 Rojales, the Bridge Bar in Rojales, Nev, Mick and friends at the monthly Charity Quiz held at the Rialto Restaurant, Benimar, family and friends in England, the amount of sponsorship raised for the charity totalled €1,250. Erica would like to thank all of the people who so generously sponsored her.
The money raised was presented to the charity on Monday, where two volunteers, who work for them, Meeche and Valerie, accepted the cheque on behalf of the Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity at the Petanca pitch in Ciudad Quesada. Without encouragement from Meeche who herself had previously done a solo sky dive, Erica thinks she might not have realised her ambition.
The Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity was created to assist terminally ill patients free of charge and in their own home environment, administering care with dignity and compassion. The dedicated nurses are experienced in palliative care and work alongside doctors to effectively manage pain and symptoms. They also provide emotional support to the patient and family.
The charity is a non-profit making organisation that relies on donations and its charity shops, and anyone needing their nursing services or wishing to support the charity can contact them on 966 790 363.