Published:
3:00 p.m. June 1, 2022



Two dentists from Sidmouth and a GP from Axminster were among 10 people who jumped out of a plane for charity last month.

Dr Nick Hodges of Axminster Medical Practice, his wife Alice and dentists Sandy Hodges and Jess Waite went skydiving to raise funds for Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support (ALCS) on Saturday May 14. The four raised over £2,000 from the challenge.

Nick, who is a trustee of the ALCS, said: “Thank you for all the generous donations that helped us raise such a sum for the ALCS. We had a great day in Dunkeswell under the sun.

“The credit goes to Jess who never really took to skydiving – we just signed her up! Although she’s never jumped before, she didn’t let the nerves get to her and has in actually showed some talent for being physically thrown out of a plane by a tall man.”

The group of 10 also included Dan Watts, Helen Patrickson, Katie Messer, Brodie Porlock, Susie Kerr and Millie Hewitt.

Helen, from Chard, was making the jump in memory of her father, who died of cancer. She said the ALCS helped her family after her diagnosis, stayed in touch and offered “tremendous support” after her death. Her former colleague Katie jumped with her, also in memory of her family members who had suffered from cancer.

The group took off from Dunkeswell airfield for their parachute jump. After a 20-minute, three-mile ascent through the sky, the plane’s doors opened and one by one each of the 10 jumpers faced a one-minute free fall before their parachutes opened. and that they do not float towards the ground.

Mary Kahn, Founder of the charity, said: “This is an incredible achievement from everyone who has supported the jumpers and donated to help us. We support anyone living with and beyond cancer.

ALCS offers creative activities, holistic therapies, diet and lifestyle information, and exercise classes for anyone affected by cancer, and helps them cope with fear, anxiety, isolation or stress that cancer can bring.

To donate to Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support or to support those who have completed skydiving, visit: https://localgiving.org/charity/axminster-and-lyme-cancer-support/