Care home staff take the plunge for Christchurch residents
Last Friday, five members of staff from Care South’s Queensmead care home in Christchurch took part in a sponsored tandem skydive to raise money for residents.
After a short training session at Old Sarum Airfield, all five members of staff jumped from 13,000 feet and fell at speeds of up to 120mph over Salisbury for the first 10,000 feet - each securely fastened to an instructor.
The money raised will go towards the Residents’ Amenity Fund, which enables the home to put on an exciting programme of activities for residents, including trips out, birthday parties and entertainment in the home.
The following members of staff took part in the skydive: Home Manager at Queensmead, Janine May; Deputy Home Manager, Emma Cotton; Assistant Chef, James Mclennan; Night Care Assistant, Debbie Rowland and Activities Co-ordinator, Lesley Wheal. The group was joined by Care Assistant, Danuta Dadela, who will also take part in a skydive for the home later in the year.
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Janine said: “We were all very nervous before the jump, but it was really important to all five of us that we did something big to raise money for our residents. The Amenity Fund allows us to give residents those little extras that make life exciting. At Care South, we do whatever we can to improve the lives of our residents and service users and to give them the best experiences. It’s a great feeling to know that we all did it.”