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Daredevil duo take the plunge - from 15,000ft

Date: 13 April 2021

Jumping out of an aeroplane 15,000ft above the Wiltshire countryside isn’t many people’s idea of fun – but it’s exactly how two brave nurses are planning to spend St George’s Day later this month. 

Kathryn Tucker and Sam Marshall (pictured above before the pandemic), who both work for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, the largest provider of specialist NHS community services in Sussex, will throw caution to the wind to raise money for The Bognor Regis Friends of the Hospitals. 

“We had planned to do the skydive last year for my 40th birthday, but sadly it was postponed due to the pandemic,” explained Kathryn, who manages Don Baines Ward at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital. 

“We’re going to pay for the jump ourselves, so anything we raise will go towards the charity, which does so much for the hospital and is a really brilliant cause.” 

The 41-year-old, who lives in Bognor Regis and has worked for the Trust for five years, said she and her colleague would complete tandem skydives above Old Sarum Park, in Salisbury, on 23 April. 

Jumping in tandem means each of them will be attached to their own instructor as they hurtle towards the ground at 120mph before separate parachutes break their fall. 

Kathryn will be jumping for the first time while Sam, 44, an In-Reach Practitioner from Littlehampton, who has worked for the Trust for three-and-a-half years, will have the benefit of having skydived before. 

Although Sam prepared in a similar way in the run-up to her previous jump, both she and her fellow thrill-seeker will complete safety training before they take the plunge. 

“We don’t see ourselves as daredevils, particularly,” said Kathryn, although their relatives and friends may disagree, judging by the amount they have already pledged in sponsorship. 

According to the skydivers’ gofundme page, they have already raised £320, with one anonymous donor stumping up a generous £40. 

Their target is £600, and they would be grateful if you could help them meet it.