Just to let you know that on Saturday 27th April I will be doing a tandem skydive for St Michael's Hospice in Basingstoke. I've set up a JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Mary-Herbert. Do take a look.
They say 'Life begins at 40': my father died from cancer at 39.
So I have a 'bucket list' which began with the gift of three gliding lessons from my husband for my fortieth birthday.
My husband (Brian) and two daughters (Gwyneth and Katherine) and several of my friends have helped me achieve many of the other things on that list: abseiling for Scope, parasailing in Mauritius, paragliding in New Zealand, a hot air balloon trip from my home in Hampshire, a helicopter flight following the River Thames in London, a microlite flight over the places where I grew up in Surrey, bodyflying ...
Now, over 20 years later, it's time for the ultimate challenge - a tandem skydive!
Why tandem? Well, I don't have the skill, the experience or the courage for doing it alone!!
We all have our own challenges which we meet in different ways. St Michael's Hospice can help people face up to the challenge of a life-threatening illness either for themself or for a loved one. I appreciate that many of you will have a particular charity that you already choose to support. If, however, you are able to sponsor my skydive challenge you will also be enabling the Hospice to continue to help many others cope with their own personal challenges.
Thank you for your support. Best wishes, Mary