Blue sky think­ing for char­ity sky­dive

Un­der­taker is hop­ing for clear weather for nerve-wrack­ing fundraiser for hos­pice

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

AN UXBRIDGE un­der­taker and thrill seeker is to leap from a plane this week­end.

Ed Brunskill, who man­ages HC Grim­steads branches in Ruis­lip, Pin­ner, East­cote, West Dray­ton and Hare­field, will be skydiving on Satur­day to raise money for St Luke’s Hos­pice, based in Ken­ton.

He took on the chal­lenge af­ter see­ing a poster call­ing for wouldbe parachutists in the win­dow of the hos­pice’s Pin­ner shop.

Mr Brunskill, who has pre­vi­ously run the Lon­don Marathon and ab­seiled down Twick­en­ham Rugby Sta­dium, has al­ready raised more than £810 in spon­sor­ship via his page on the Just Giv­ing web­site. He said: “A sky­dive has been a life­long am­bi­tion of mine although the op­por­tu­nity has never re­ally arisen be­fore, when I saw the poster I was im­me­di­ately drawn to it, and a col­league sug­gested I give it a go.

“I must ad­mit to feel­ing a lit­tle ner­vous a few weeks ago, how­ever fol­low­ing the gen­eros­ity of do­na­tions by friends, col­leagues and even some clients whose fu­ner­als we have re­cently over­seen, I have been amazed and quite touched by their sup­port and re­alise now I can’t let them down.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited now and am pray­ing for blue skies and a safe land­ing.”

Mar­lon Bur­ton, events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hos­pice said: “It’s amaz­ing that Ed has de­cided to take part in this once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity.

“We rely on the sup­port of in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal busi­nesses to keep car­ing for lo­cal peo­ple with in­cur­able ill­nesses.”

Mr Brunskill had a rel­a­tive who was re­cently cared for by St Luke’s dur­ing his fi­nal days, mak­ing the cause all the more per­sonal for him.

You can help him reach his tar­get by do­nat­ing via w w w. j u s t g i v i n g . c o m / Ed­ward-Brunskill.

Fu­neral di­rec­tor Ed Brunskill will sky­dive for St Luke’s Hos­pice

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