Dementia jump is something to chute about
11 April 2016
Lawrence Collin, an elected public governor for Southend University Hospital, had been pondering the ups and (mostly) downs of doing a skydive for a while.
He finally jumped at the chance as his daughter, Vicky, was
doing it at the same time and he was able to raise money for the
hospital's dementia unit. He was just one of six intrepid jumpers
for the Southend Hospital Charity.
Laurence explained how he felt once those doors of the plane
opened at 13,000 feet up in the air. He said: "The ground and
thirteen thousand feet of cold air beckoned below. I was now
sitting on the edge, head back, with arms folded across my chest
towards the opposite shoulders, as instructed. Suddenly we were
gone! Hurtling downwards it at well over a hundred miles an hour, I
felt how insane this was. It was very cold and I concentrated on
breathing, which, apparently, some people find difficult. Then, all
of a sudden, the photographer was there alongside me, offering me a
thumbs up sign. I found this gesture very heart-warming.
"We touched down all was reunited with my daughter. All was
well, we had both survived, were highly elated, but also hugely
relieved! And - together - we had raised nearly two thousand pounds
for Southend Hospital, myself for their Dementia Appeal and Vicky
for the Keyhole Cancer Appeal."
If raising money for the Dementia Appeal by chucking yourself
out of a plane isn't your cup of tea, then perhaps an actual cup of
tea and cake is more up your street, or should that be lane as
there will be a Memory Lane Afternoon Tea at the Roslin Beach Hotel
on Thursday 21 April at 3pm, priced at £17.95. To book call 01702
Talented local singer, Marilena Gant, has kindly offered to
provide entertainment and alongside the delicious food we will also
be treating guests to a selection of historic displays and
memorabilia from Southend's by-gone days.
In the UK there are 800,000 people living with dementia and this
is expected to rise to 1,000,000 by 2021. One in three people over
65 will develop dementia and 16.7% of the Southend population are
Elise Fleetwood, events & corporate relations manager for
Southend Hospital Charity, said: "The hospital already offer a wide
range of services for patients with Dementia including inpatient
wards, a dedicated memory clinic and a dementia befriending scheme
run by volunteers but we would like to enhance our facilities,
services and level of support by raising £100,000 to fund multiple
projects to help support patients with dementia and make their time
spent in hospital more enjoyable."