Brave islanders are to ‘Jump for Joy’ from 10,000 feet at the beginning of August in aid of the Dementia UK Admiral Nurses. Hannah Wilson, together with other daring individuals, will be strapping into parachutes for their breath-taking sky dives down to Sandown Airport.

They hope to raise much needed funds to ensure that more Dementia UK Admiral Nurses can be available for islanders with memory loss. Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who visit, in their homes, those with memory loss; caring not only for their patients but for their carers, who are often their closest relations.

“I hugely admire our ‘jumpers’ and cannot thank you enough for doing this in aid of Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurses,” said Catherine Flury, Chair of the Island’s Fundraising Committee for the charity.

“It is my ultimate wish to have more of these amazing nurses on the Island working in the community, helping families and carers of those experiencing all forms of dementia. Our demographic is such that we urgently need these nurses here.”

Hannah Wilson, who has recently taken over Cowes sweet shop ‘Sweets and Treats’ describes herself as something of an ‘adrenaline junkie’: “Falling through the sky from 10,000ft is something I’ve been keen to experience for a few years now,” said Hannah. “When Lady Grylls mentioned she was looking for people to skydive for Admiral Nurses I ‘jumped at the chance’.

“Having recently lost a family member with dementia this year it feels incredible to be able to raise money and awareness for such an amazing charity – and have an experience of a lifetime at the same time!”

If you wish to sponsor these brave souls on their sky dive for Dementia UK Admiral Nurses IW, there are sponsorship forms at Hannah’s shop ‘Sweets and Treats’ in Cowes or at Czara’s shop, ‘Her Whey’ in Ryde. Or you can sponsor them online via this GoFundMe page.

With thanks to Island businesses/Individuals who have donated their services and time: Artist Alex Williams (design), Beardsalls (print), Mark Wilkinson (photography), Sweets & Treats (Sponsorship Collection), Her Whey (Sponsorship Collection).