A team of 25 staff and members of the public took part in a skydive on Saturday to raise more than £7,000 for West Suffolk Hospital.
The money raised will go towards five different areas of the hospital – appeals to purchase a new bronchoscope for the respiratory department and an arterial blood gas analyser for F10 were supported along with the hospital’s dermatology department, Ward G1 and a drive to enhance the support it offers to patients with dementia.
Kerri Welham, respiratory nurse specialist, took part in the sky dive to raise money for the bronchoscope.
She said: “This was a real challenge for me as I am scared of heights – and I was very nervous as I waited to take to the skies.
“But as soon as I stepped onto the plane, I really enjoyed the whole experience. I have received so much generous support from family, friends and work colleagues and I would like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of them.
“A new bronchoscope would speed up investigations and treatment of patients diagnosed with lung cancer or tuberculosis so every penny we have raised from the sky dive is hugely appreciated.”
Elsewhere, the sky dive fund-raising from Kirsty Ollivere and Darren Kirk has enabled a new dermatoscope to be purchased, a machine that allows specialists to diagnose skin lesions and also early forms of skin cancer.
The sky divers were: Claire Starie, Lisa Hancock, Stephen Lambert, Claire Jolly, Paul Hunter, Gill Cooksey, Kerri Welham, Darren Kirk, Kirsty Ollivere, Fay Last, Jessica Davies, Leah Benton, Rebecca Cox, Lucy Kroon, Lucy Whent, Joanne Hayward, Maggie Woodhouse, Angie Manning, Elliot Stubbs, Jessica Pawson, Matthew Rawlings, Laura Bloomfield, Imma Parlato, Lee Warwick and Becky Nicholson.
Dave Gooderham, fund-raising manager for the hospital, said: “For our first organised sky dive, we couldn’t have asked for a better day – even the weather supported our efforts, staying dry in the morning.
“It was an amazing total raised and we would like to thank everyone who supported the 25 participants.”