Activity funds for residents of a care home in Rugby took a giant leap, quite literally, from a plane.
Dawn Hulley, who works at Willow Tree Nursing Home, raised £600 for residents to go on day trips by doing a sponsored skydive.
The 48-year-old is the Activities Co-ordinator at the 47-room home, set over an acre of private grounds in School Street.
The sponsorship money is going towards taking residents on outings to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Park and Twycross Zoo, as well as helping them to bond with each other and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
Dawn’s family, friends, colleagues and resident’s relatives all dug deep to sponsor her to do the dive at Hinton Airfield, Brackley, Northants.
Trisha Judge, Home Manager, said: “Dawn really has gone above and beyond the call of duty with this. It’s not many people who are so passionate about what they do they’d jump out of a plane. This isn’t just going the extra mile, it’s going 3,500ft straight up. We’re so proud of Dawn and the money she’s raised will make an enormous difference to the residents who will get to enjoy some great activities as a result.”
Dawn said: “I have to be honest, I was terrified. And there were a few moments where I wondered why I was doing it. But once I was in the air it was so exciting and the adrenaline was pumping. I was also thinking of all the wonderful residents at Willow Tree Nursing Home and how much it means to be able to take them on some fantastic days out. So when it came to the moment to jump, I was more than ready to do it.”
The home specialises in caring for elderly patients requiring personal, nursing and dementia care.