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. Its 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 Im also getting sponsored and raising money for the hospice. It really in a win-win situation and Im 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 Id like to think that others in the local community will do too. Its going to be an incredible experience and I cant wait! North Devon Hospices 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.