Friday 4th July 2014 – 3.45pm – Claire Brown.
Four Black Country-based ambulance control room staff will be leaping out of a plane in aid of a Shropshire children’s hospice next month.
Emergency operations centre Controllers Paul Ducommun and Duncan Spencer together with Dispatchers Rachel Lawrence and Justina Gibbs are doing a parachute jump at Tilstock airfield near Whitchurch in Shropshire on 23rd August.
The team are raising money for Hope House Children’s Hospice in Oswestry, a charity providing specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults. They’ve already raised an impressive £1,000 but are hoping to reach their target of £2,500.
Duncan, who lives in Stourport-on-Severn and is also a staff governor for the Trust, explains how the daring charity endeavour came about: “It was about 4am on morning at work in control and we were talking about silly things people had done, someone mentioned a parachute jump and before I knew it I’d been signed up for this! I’ve never done anything like this before. Do I think it’s a good idea? No I don’t! However, it’s for a good cause and one that’s worth jumping out of a plane for to support.
To sponsor the team, please visit their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/wmas-control-staff-MP/ .
Pictured: (left to right): Paul Ducommun, Rachel Lawrence and Duncan Spencer in the emergency operations centre in Brierley Hill, Dudley.