An Exmouth charity worker is daring you to join her in a skydive as part of her year of challenges to raise funds for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.
Mum Lucy Hancock, Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare fundraising and promotions manager, is gearing up to tandem skydive in October and is keen to get a group of charity champions together to join her.
Throughout 2019, Lucy has set herself running challenges to raise funds for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.
She said: “Whatever you do, it’s going to help somebody in our local area, and their family, and help to pay for nursing support.”
Until this year Lucy, aged 43, from Exmouth, considered herself a non-runner.
She has spent 2019 setting herself a series of challenges, raising much-needed funds for the charity she works for – running 5k and 10k races, and completing Parkrun.
Her next challenge is an autumn skydive and she hopes others will leap at the chance to sign up and take part.
The skydive challenge will take place at Dunkeswell Airfield on Sunday, October 27.
Lucy said she felt ‘lucky and honoured’ to be working at Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare and wanted to help boost funds to ensure the service continued helping patients and their families in her hometown.
She said: “I see every day how the charity effects people’s lives in a positive way and I just wanted to personally give something back.
“I’ve had friends and family who have had to use a hospice service, and I know how important they are.
“Sometimes life’s too serious, you have to get out and do things. You see every day in this job how short life can be.”
Lucy eased herself into running with the NHS Couch-to-5k, which encourages nine weeks of fitness; she ran her first 5k race in March – the inflatable race at Westpoint, Exeter, which she said was ‘a laugh’.
She ran the Ottery 10k in May, followed by a 10k race in Exeter.
Now Lucy’s sights are set on a skydive challenge in the autumn and she is considering running her first half marathon, the Great West Run in Exeter, on October 13.
“The first time, I ran for five minutes then I had to stop,” said Lucy. “Some people are natural runners – they can just do it.
“But if you are doing something for a reason, you think ‘yes, I can do this!’.
“I have got a partner who has been running all his life so he’s really encouraged me, which has helped.”
“It’s so good for you. It helps to clear your mind and focus. It’s been brilliant for my mental wellbeing.”
To learn more about Lucy’s year of fundraising challenges for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare, or to donate, visit her JustGiving page.