A FORMER soldier threw himself out of a plane to raise money for the hospice which is caring for his wife.
Baxter McDowell from Ellesmere Port, now an employee of Sunblest, has been supporting the Hospice of the Good Shepherd since his wife Phyllis became a patient at the Backford centre.
Baxter said: “I recently decided the time was now right for me to go some very small way to giving something back to the hospice in Backford.
“This is the main reason I decided to take part in a 10,000 ft free-fall skydive organised by the fundraising team.
“The sun was shining as I boarded the plane at Whitchurch Airfield and the jump was filmed so that I could show Phyllis and the rest of my family the incredible experience.
“In the aeroplane at about 8,000ft, beads of sweat forming on my brow and I was thinking; what on earth am I doing?
“Once I started thinking of my Phyllis and all the other patients at the hospice my fear soon subsided.
“As we broke through the lower cloud base the view was amazing, I could see for miles.
“As the canopy opened we slowly floated downwards and I adopted the landing position.
“With my feet firmly on the ground I felt so proud that my achievement of raising more than £1,200 would go towards helping so many people.
“This was made possible by Hursts the Butchers, Davies Cake Shop and hospice volunteers Gaynor Whitmarsh and the Wednesday Group.”