Three Surrey care staff have embarked on a charity skydive, raising more than £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s society.
CHD Care at Home carers Emma Leahy, Emma Packer and Emily Reynolds travelled to Hinton Airfield for the skydive.
The team provides support to individuals and their families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia on a daily basis.
The trio said they were inspired to take part to raise awareness of the conditions and the effects that they have on the lives of individuals and their families.
Furthermore, they wanted a way to show recognition for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia who have struggled with self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Emma Packer said: “We support individuals in their own homes who are living with Alzheimer’s, and we’ve seen first-hand how it can change somebody and the difficulties they face on a daily basis. We never class our job as work – it’s a privilege to spend our time with our service users. We laugh with them; we cry with them.”
Emily Reynolds had an even more personal reason for taking part. She said: “The cause is so meaningful to us because we visit so many people who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and they all mean so much to us. They’re the reason we do this job.
“But I also wanted to skydive in honour of my grandad, who suffers with Alzheimer’s himself. On the days he looks at me and isn’t quite sure who I am, I know he is just holding our memories so tight he can’t let them out. I hope I’ve made him proud today.”