19th Oct, 2017

Fundraiser Emma takes leap of faith for hospital cause

Solihull Editorial 15th Jun, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A HOSPITAL fundraising manager who decided to practice what she preaches by taking on a daring skydive for a cause close to her heart has spoken of her ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.

Emma Hale, head of volunteering and fundraising at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust which runs Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals, completed the challenge in memory of her beloved late Uncle Michael.

He passed away following a courageous fight against lymphoma three years ago and Emma was determined to raise vital funds for Ward 19 at Heartlands Hospital where her uncle received such excellent treatment during his illness.

Emma said: “Doing a tandem skydive had always been a dream and to do it in memory of my Uncle Michael made the day even more special. It was a pure adrenaline rush – 10,000 feet of exhilaration.

“I have to admit during the safety briefing and then when I was called to the drop zone the nerves were really starting to build. But as soon as we left the plane to begin the dive it was just incredible – the thrill of a lifetime. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and it would be great to raise as much money as possible as the team on Ward 19 do such an incredible job.”

Emma is well on her way to her target of raising £2,000 for Ward 19 but still needs your support. To donate visit her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/emmastandemskydive

If you are interested in raising money for your local hospital, or a particular department, contact the Fundraising Team on 0121 424 3838 or email: fundraising@heartofengland.nhs.uk

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