Student prepares to take the plunge in charity skydive

Inspired by her placement at John Taylor Hospice, an occupational therapy student has pledged to take part in a fundraising skydive in aid of the charity.

Coventry University student Fatima Bhamani will be leaping from 10,000 feet on 1 June with her younger sister Zainab. Together the kind-hearted siblings hope to raise £800 to support local families in need of specialist hospice care and support.

Fatima and Zainab

Second year student Fatima, 21, was first introduced to the Birmingham-based hospice during a ten-week placement – an annual assignment to help students gain invaluable experience in physical health, mental health, social care and community settings.  

After first-hand experience alongside John Taylor teams, Fatima was moved to take to the skies in this daredevil sponsored feat and raise much-needed funds for the hospice. 

“My placement has been amazing and I’ve fallen in love with the work of John Taylor Hospice,” explained Fatima. “The teams provide support for families and their loved ones during a time when they desperately need it. They’re committed and passionate about making every moment matter for every person and they really do make a huge difference to people’s lives.   

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“The staff are incredible – they help couples to arrange wedding ceremonies, help fulfil important wishes, support people to achieve significant goals and to regain confidence and independence. One day we even had lambs visit the hospice for a cuddle and seeing the smiles that brought to people’s faces was so special. The staff have a beautiful and holistic way of looking at things – if something matters to someone, they’ll do everything they can to make it happen.”   

Three-week-old lambs Larry and Lavinia got lots of fuss when they came to visit the hospice!

Fatima and her sister Zainab, 18, who are both from Peterborough, have always been tempted by the adrenaline rush of a freefall skydive. Fatima said: “Zainab and I both wanted to do the skydive for a good cause. During my hospice placement I told my sister how much I love this charity and she said, ‘ok let’s do it’!

“I’ve learned a huge amount from all the staff. Faye Collins (Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist) has been an amazing mentor who always has time for me and has given me many opportunities to develop. We’d be so grateful to anyone who is able to sponsor us. If you want your money to go to a charity where it will truly help people, then this really is the right place because the hospice does so many amazing things.”

To sponsor Fatima and Zainab please visit their JustGiving page.

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