Skydivers take Children’s Appeal to new heights

A six-strong team of first-time skydivers, who all had parachuting from an aeroplane at more than 10,000 ft on their bucket list, raised £3,882.98 for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity’s Children’s Appeal with the promise of another £1,044 to come.

The sextet, led by Nicola Entwistle, Matron for Children and Young People at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, travelled to Lancaster Airfield to make freefall tandem jumps with the Black Knights, a once in a lifetime experience arranged by the charity team and open to all.

Among them was Rad Tingle, who is community champion at Morrisons, Kirkham. He jumped alongside colleague Charlotte Day. Together they raised £1,044, which the Morrisons Foundation has promised to match in the coming weeks.

Trust clerical officer Tracey Goldsmith and her friend Sarah McMurray also took the plunge as did Hannah Spooner, of Barrow.

Appeal fundraiser Lucy Clark said: “Thank you to all our skydivers and their supporters. Our jumpers fulfilled a lifetime ambition when they leapt from that aeroplane. In some cases, they parachuted at 15,000 ft as the weather was perfect on the day.

“We have already booked a 2023 Children’s Appeal skydiving day with the Black Knights so if it is something on your bucket list, please get in touch to reserve a place.”

Next year’s date is Saturday, 26th August. Team places are free but there is a minimum sponsorship threshold that needs to be reached of £395. For further information, go to

The Children’s Appeal is raising £1 million for a shopping list of items to improve patient and family experience across children’s services at the Royal Preston Hospital, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, Leyland’s Broadoaks Child Development Centre and other facilities managed by the trust.