North Devon Hospice is inviting people to knock skydiving off their bucket list by leaping out a perfectly good aeroplane this June.

The charity organises regular skydives and age is absolutely no barrier – the redoubtable Verdun Hayes did one for his 100th birthday a couple of years ago.

Two people already signed up for the 15,000ft freefall this June are hospice ambassadors Mary Brooks and Wendy Essery.

Wendy said: “So many people I speak to tell me how much they would love to do a skydive. I would tell them to stop talking about it and just do it.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have that thrill of the freefall, so if I can do it then really anybody can.”

As a North Devon Hospice ambassador, Wendy helps to promote the work of the charity across the area, and is certainly leading by example with this sponsored skydive.

She added: “Not only do I get to cross something significant off my bucket list, but I’m also getting sponsored and raising money for the hospice. It really in a win-win situation and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Mary became an ambassador for the charity after retiring from 30 years service as a North Devon Hospice community nurse specialist.

No one knows more than Mary just how vital it is for local people to support the work of the hospice.

She said: “We all have to play our part, because we never know when we might need the hospice in our lives. The care provided makes a huge difference to so many patients, but also the family members who face big challenges at such a difficult time.”

Mary is also no stranger to danger, having completed a 180ft abseil down the sheer cliffs of Hartland in aid of the hospice in previous years.

And she added: “There is no reason at all why anyone reading this can not simply grasp the nettle and sign up. If Wendy and I can commit to a 15,000ft skydive, then I’d like to think that others in the local community will do too. It’s going to be an incredible experience and I can’t wait!”

North Devon Hospice’s skydive event takes place at Dunkeswell Airfield on June 1-2.

If you would like to skydive in aid of North Devon Hospice, call Claire Sherwood on 01271 347204 or email