Dewsbury care home boss completes skydive to raise funds for residents

A dare-devil duo completed a 10,000ft tandem skydive to raise money towards their residents' fund in a bid to make 2021 the "best year ever" at their Dewsbury care home.

Sunday, 13th June 2021, 8:00 am
Home manager Paul Rowson took to the sky to raise money for his residents at Ashworth Grange in Dewsbury
Home manager Paul Rowson took to the sky to raise money for his residents at Ashworth Grange in Dewsbury

Home manager Paul Rowson and care manager Sharon Hudson, of Ashworth Grange, were supported by Bridlington-based Skydive GB team, who gave them a fantastic view over the East Yorkshire coastline, as the fearless duo saw famous landmarks including Flamborough Head and Scarborough’s golden sands from a 10,000ft high vantage point.

Paul said: "I have never been a fan of heights, but Sharon managed to twist my arm into joining her. I don’t think I would have braved it if it wasn’t for the residents – although they all thought I was crazy to do it!

"As we took flight, the nerves really set in but after taking the leap of faith I can honestly say there is no greater feeling!"

The jump is the third of its kind to be completed by Sharon and various co-workers who have taken part in sponsored skydives in 2019 and 2020 to support the Alzheimer’s Society and a co-worker whose son was diagnosed with rare progressive brain disease.

Sharon said: "I love to skydive and having my Ashworth Grange team at my side is all the more fun!

"Paul was very nervous, but he did it and I am really proud of him for committing to the big leap.

"I am thrilled that our initial target has been exceeded and I know that the residents will put the funds to great use. We have already had suggestions for a calming sensory room."

The skydive was documented on the Ashworth Grange official TikTok page, which since its creation has received more than 11 million views, and two million likes.