John's Fundraising story

John Learoyd is among a group of wonderful supporters braving a skydive in April.  Rather unusually John received this as a Christmas present from his wife and decided that while facing this challenge he could also raise money for St Margaret’s by doing odd jobs around his village.

He said: “I bought my wife a skydive for Christmas a few years ago and while I was watching her all I could think was, I really want to do this! So, I was chuffed when she returned the favour! It’s an usual present but for me it’s nice as I have everything I need, and I’d much rather create a lasting memory. I don’t feel nervous about it, I feel more excited than anything else and I am really looking forward to the experience.

“I’ve had relatives who have received hospice care, so I know the good work that they do to support not only patients but their families through what is a very difficult and vulnerable time.

” I am a very practical person and I thought using my skills would be a great way for me to do some good in my local community as well as raise some money for the hospice. I put out a post on the website which said that I was available to do odd jobs and would provide my time in return for donations to the hospice.

“I used to do woodwork and I have been inundated with jobs! I’ve mended skirting boards, fitted a loft ladder and I still have more jobs lined up. I’ve had a great reaction to my post, they everyone has been happy to donate, it’s really a win win situation!

“So far, I’ve raised £940 but I still have a lot of jobs to do, so I should raise even more.

“I’d really encourage anyone who is looking for the perfect gift, book something like a skydive for them, it's a great gift and it different! And if you are doing something that is challenging, why not use it as a reason to raise some money for charity too?"

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