Skydivers wanted to take plunge

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A paramedic has described a skydive he completed for North London Hospice as “absolutely awesome” and is urging more people to follow his lead. Gary Extence, 49, completed his 10,000ft leap in March this year over the Oxfordshire countryside. The 49-year-old from Hatfield said the challenge allowed him to raise hundreds of pounds for a cause close to his heart. Gary, a team leader paramedic, for the London Ambulance Service in Friern Barnet, said: “I saw this as an opportunity on two fronts. First to achieve something that I’ve thought about doing for a long time, secondly and more importantly, to help raise as much money as possible for a cause close to my heart, as I lost both my parents to cancer. “Conditions on the day could not have been better. It was gorgeous, warm and sunny. I felt a little apprehensive on the way to the skydive centre, but once there, rather strangely perhaps, I started to feel more relaxed about it all.” Gary, whose team often conveys patients to North London Hospice for ongoing palliative care, was supported on the day by his wife, children and friends. He added: “I can only describe the experience as absolutely awesome. Although this was a personal achievement for me and one I will never forget, my main aim was to raise money for the hospice and again I want to register how very grateful I feel to everyone for their generosity in sponsoring me.” North London Hospice is eager to fill places for a sponsored skydive over Brackley airfield on 30 September. Natalie Gordon, from the North London Hospice fundraising team, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who ever wanted to do a skydive – they can help their local hospice by raising some sponsorship and enjoy an amazing experience.” 2012 is a big year for the hospice as it also opens a new day centre in Enfield. The new purpose-built facility will offer day services including clinics, physiotherapy and complementary therapies such as reflexology and massage. Deadline for sign-ups is the end of July. Please contact Natalie on 020 8446 2288 or visit the hospice websitewww.northlondonhospice.org to register.

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