A Croydon mum who took on a charity skydive tripled her fundraising target, raising a four figure sum for a Sydenham hospice.

Mandy Kingsford raised £1,200 for her charity jump in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice after championing a fundraising drive alongside her colleagues at Specsavers in Croydon’s Church Street and North End.

A word from Mandy

Mandy, who signed up for the charity jump in a bid to thank the hospice which cared for her father and aunt, said: ‘The phenomenal support from the Croydon community and my colleagues really gave me the courage I needed when it came time to take that step out of the plane.

It was an exhilarating experience and I’ll be forever grateful to everyone who helped support St Christopher’s in their vital work.’

A word from the store director

Bill Pennell, store director at the Specsavers stores in Church Street and North End, added: ‘On behalf of all her colleagues, I’d like to congratulate Mandy for championing this initiative for St Christopher’s.

She called us all to action and we’re proud to have helped her support the hospice in its ongoing challenge to raise more than £11 million annually to continue to provide their vital services to those in need.’

A word from St Christopher's

Charlotte Jeffes of St Christopher’s Hospice added: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled that Mandy completed a skydive for St Christopher’s Hospice and smashed her target of £400 by managing to raise a whooping £1,200.

A special thanks to Specsavers for all their support too. It is because of people like Mandy that we are able to continue with the work that we do in supporting our local community.’

St Christopher's cares for over 2,500 people each year with 750 patients being cared for in their own homes on any given day.

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