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Skydive challenge complete!

SHE DID IT! We told you a few weeks back that Yvonne was planning on completing a skydive to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society by conquering her greatest ever fear of heights.

Despite being scared of heights her whole life, Yvonne, in short, strapped herself to a professional skydiver and parachuted out of a plane at 10,000 feet to raise money for dementia care, a cause that is close to her heart both professionally and personally after losing her dad to the disease 12 years ago.

Speaking about her amazing achievement, Yvonne said: “It was absolutely brilliant. I woke up in the morning feeling really calm but I started to get butterflies when we reached the right altitude ready to jump. I was quite nervous as we worked the way towards the door to wait to jump off, I must admit! I am so over the moon that I did it though and I’ve ticked a massive thing off my bucket list because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do too. It was an amazing experience.”

Yvonne has raised £540 so far since completing the skydive and she hopes to get nearer £600 before the final donation needs to be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Talking about Yvonne’s triumph, our General Manager, Loraine Brunton, said: “We couldn’t wait to see Yvonne after her skydive to congratulate her! It was absolutely amazing to conquer her lifetime fear in an incredible way. Yvonne is a big part of the team at West Farm and it’s clear how passionate she is about dementia care and the residents she looks after on a day to day basis. She’s a very valued member of staff and it was great to see her succeed in this extraordinary challenge!”

If you’d like to donate to Yvonne’s cause, there’s still time and you can do here:


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