HOSPICE bosses are on the lookout for thrillseekers who can help them raise vital funds for people with terminal illnesses.

Havens Hospices is hosting a fundraising skydive in September but says it needs volunteers to carry out the terrifying jump.

The charity, which runs the J's Hospice in Witham and Essex children's hospice Little Havens, is desperate for the skydive to go ahead as it looks to raise as much money as possible following the pandemic which has seen its funds drop significantly.

The skydive in September will take place at Beccles Airfield in Suffolk and is expected to raise thousands of pounds.

Havens Hospices supporter Gary Neidus completed a skydive challenge earlier this year and helped raise £1,600.

He said: "I have always wanted to do a skydive and when my wife Lisa - who works at the charity - mentioned there was an event coming up to raise money, I signed up without hesitation as I knew the money I raised would make such a positive difference to everyone they care for.

"Although the nerves kicked in when I got into the plane knowing I was about to jump out at 13,000 feet in the sky, once I dived out the nerves completely went and it was such an amazing experience.

"I would say to anyone thinking about it to just do it – I couldn’t recommend it enough."

Havens Hospices' fundraising boss Emma Hamilton said: "Our skydive challenges are a must for anyone who wants to take part in a high-adrenaline and Covid safe experience whilst also raising vital funds for a local charity by getting your family and friends to sponsor you.

"Our skydives and wing walk challenges are also a great and unique gift to give family or friends for a special occasion too.

"We can only exist because of the kindness of our supporters like Gary who take part in these unique experiences, raising vital funds for the charity so we can continue making every day count for everyone we care for.”

For more information, email ehamilton@havenshospices.org.uk.