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.
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.