Charlie's sky dive story
Patient and Family Stories
4 years ago Charlie’s beloved Grandad Geoffrey Pollington passed away. At first Charlie didn’t want to leave his room, let alone talk to anybody about it, but after going to Sunbeams, Rotherham Hospice’s child bereavement support group, Charlie found positive ways to deal with his grief.
Fast forward a few years, and when Charlie came across the Sky Dive Challenge for Rotherham Hospice, he knew it was perfect for him!
“I’ve always wanted to do a sky dive, and when I saw it was for Rotherham Hospice, who helped me so much when my Grandad died, I decided this is my way of giving back.
Sunbeams helped me so much, I would recommend them to anyone needing help.”
Jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet up in the air may seem extreme to some, but Charlie is no stranger to facing challenges, having gained his black belt in karate and passed his GCSEs in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlie now studies Triple Sports Coaching at Thomas Rotherham College and is a keen footballer.
Cath Todd who runs Sunbeams explains: “Sunbeams is here to support children and teenagers before and after a bereavement. We rely on the generosity of our local community to keep the service running and wish Charlie all the best with his sky dive challenge!”
Charlie completed his Skydive challenge in March 2022, and absolutely smashed his £500 fundraising goal by raising over £1,600 for Rotherham Hospice!
As a charity, Rotherham Hospice needs to raise £3 million each year to keep providing vital care and support to families like Charlie’s. We couldn’t do it without the amazing kindness and generosity shown to the Hospice by the Rotherham community.
For all his fantastic fundraising efforts, Charlie was named as Rotherham Hospice’s Young Fundraiser of the Year. Thank you to Thomas Rotherham College, and Mum & Dad for helping us to surprise Charlie with his trophy during class!
Charlie’s teacher Mollie James said, “Charlie is a fantastic student who works extremely hard, in and outside of college. It’s great to recognise those achievements – truly inspiring!”
Charlie said the experience was amazing and encourages anyone thinking about doing a sponsored sky dive (or wing walk!) to just go for it!
Has Charlie inspired you to have a go yourself? Sign up for the next Rotherham Hospice Sky Dive Challenge.
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