Chief executive to skydive for hospice

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An intrepid hospice chief executive will be swapping his business suit for a flight suit when he takes part in a sponsored skydive next week.   Douglas Bennett, chief executive of North London Hospice, is preparing to plunge 10,000ft over the Oxford countryside on Sunday 30 September.   Mr Bennett says hospice staff, volunteers and supporters have been the inspiration behind his decision to make the leap.   Mr Bennett, who has worked at the hospice for more than 10 years, said: “During my time at the hospice I have seen the difference the organisation makes at a really vulnerable time in people’s lives.   “I receive many thank you letters and acknowledgements from patients and families of the fact that staff here go the extra mile. So what’s a 10,000 feet leap from a plane compared to what staff at the hospice do every day?”   Over the past decade the hospice, which cares for terminally ill patients and their families in the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, has grown considerably.   Mr Bennett, of Crouch End, added: “We have started new services, developed existing ones, increased the number of patients we care for and most recently opened a new building in Enfield.   “All this costs money. What enables us to do what we do is the support we receive from many individuals. No gift is too small and everyone’s help and involvement is important. So I thought I ought to do my bit. What better way than jumping out of a plane during a leap year!”   Mr Bennett is nearly half way to reaching his target of £3,000. All funds donated will go directly to providing patient care at the hospice. If you would like to support him please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DouglasBennett   The annual skydive has become an integral part of the hospice’s fundraising calendar. If you would like more information on the next jump please contact Natalie Gordon on 020 8446 2288 or email ngordon@northlondonhsopice.co.uk

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