Honiton health worker set to skydive for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:41 10 May 2016

Sky diver Toni Hiscox being cheered on by patients at Kings House Hospiscare in Honiton. Ref mhh 16-17TI 9979. Picture: Terry Ife

Sky diver Toni Hiscox being cheered on by patients at Kings House Hospiscare in Honiton. Ref mhh 16-17TI 9979. Picture: Terry Ife

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Mum-of-two Toni Hiscocks will be jumping 15,000 from a plane on Monday, June 20.

The assistant practitioner at Kings House hospice in Honiton is aiming to become a part of history when she takes part in a tandem skydive this year.

Toni Hiscocks, 44, who has worked at the day hospice, in King Street, since the end of 2014, is aiming to raise £1,000 for the centre by jumping 15,000 feet from a plane on Monday, June 20.

She will be part of a world record attempt for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours, taking place at Dunkeswell Airfield.

Toni, a mum of two, said: “I am looking forward to it because I know how it is going to benefit the patients and their families.

“I have never done a skydive before, but I came close when I lived in America 22 years ago.”

Toni says she has received lots of support from patients and volunteers at the day hospice, and has taken up running with a group in Ottery St Mary to get fitter ahead of the skydive.

The money that she raises will be put towards ongoing costs at Kings House, as well helping purchase new games for its support groups, and general upkeep of the building.

“This is the biggest I have done for charity so far,” she added.

“I think everyone should do something like this once in their life.

“Kings House is great place to work - it’s an essential facility for the community that brings people together in very difficult times.

“We have a very enthusiastic team here who offer great support to patients and their families. We cannot function without the volunteers and volunteer drivers here.”

To donate, visit www.skydiveukltd.com/skydive/charity/sponsor-a-friend/profile/?id=28 or contribute at the Hospiscare shops in Honiton and Ottery St Mary.


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