Sisters take to skies to boost mental health service

Sisters take to skies to boost mental health service

By Chloe West | 01/11/2021

Sisters take to skies to boost mental health service

 

TWO daredevil sisters have showed the sky was the limit to their fundraising efforts as they completed a 14,000ft skydive.

Amanda Haynes and her foster sister Callie Drabble raised just shy of £1,000 for The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity when they took the plunge and jumped out of a plane.

Amanda (36), a health care support worker at the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC), at Rotherham Hospital, said: “I wanted to fundraise for the charity and in particular for mental health resources because I see so many people dealing with mental health issues coming through the UECC.

“I wanted to do this for them and particularly the families who have lost their loved ones to a mental health condition.

“I wanted to do something more to show that we care.

“We were both incredibly nervous beforehand, but the skydive team were brilliant at settling our nerves.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Callie (35), of East Dene, said that her 93-year-old grandfather Dennis, who suffers from dementia, had recently been cared for on Ward A5 at the hospital.

She added: “I felt passionately about wanting to help raise money and provide those added extras for dementia patients while in hospital to make them feel less anxious after seeing the amazing treatment my grandfather received.”

Amanda, of Conisbrough, added that on the skydive she had thought about people dealing with mental health issues or whose families had lost loved ones and thought: “I’m doing this for you.”

She said: “I definitely want to do it again and I’m really proud we have raised so much money.”

Amanda and Callie undertook their tandem jump at Langar Airfield in Nottingham.

Suzanne Rutter, charity engagement and development manager for the hospital trust, said Amanda and Callie were the charity’s first ever skydivers and had shown that anything was possible.



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