Blue sky thinking for charity skydive
Undertaker is hoping for clear weather for nerve-wracking fundraiser for hospice
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