Saint Francis Hospice Nurse Julie Bull is used to going the extra mile for patients and families but now she is going 10,000ft high and skydiving to raise funds so more people can get the care they need.
Julie, a Senior Nurse with the charity’s Hospice at Home team, has joined forces with her daughter-in-law Nicole Bull, who is Head of Physics at Frances Bardsley Academy, to put Newton’s law of gravity to the test on 14th May.
“Doing a skydive has always been on my bucket list and when I saw the hospice was looking for people to sign up, I thought this was my chance to do it,” said Julie.
“I am so excited and I can’t wait until I am sitting on the edge of the plane ready to jump!
“I’ve been part of the Hospice at Home team for six years and I can honestly say it is an honour to care and support patients at the end of their life and be there to support their families.
“When we visit a patient at home, we make sure everything is in place and they have everything they need.
“It can be very sad but I know I have made a difference. I am able to spend time with families and get to know them. Often the patient may be non-verbal when we arrive and it is lovely to speak with the family and hear their stories. It can help people so much to know there is someone there to listen to them.
“At least twice a day someone says ‘thank you’ to me and that means so much to me.”
Nicole is a member of Romford and Gidea Park Rugby Club and one of its players Lynsey was cared for by the hospice before she died in 2019.
The pair, who have already smashed their fundraising target of £700 and increased it to £1,000, are hosting a quiz night to raise funds on 14th April.
“The hospice doesn’t charge people to access its services but as a charity, it relies on donations and the generosity of the local community. I’m hoping we can raise as much money as we can to help more people who need our care.”
Feeling inspired? You could join Julie and Nicole and enjoy an unforgettable experience! Find out more by visiting sfh.org.uk/skydive