Stourbridge resident Antony Wilson chose an unusual way to celebrate his 40th birthday by jumping out of a plane and raising funds for Wyre Forest based charity, KEMP Hospice. Antony was inspired after KEMP supported his mum, Julia, when she fell ill last year. In Julia’s final days KEMP provided Hospice at Home care so that she could fulfil her wish of staying at home. It also meant the family could take a break, secure in the knowledge that Julia was in safe hands. Antony said: “We were so grateful to the Hospice team for ensuring that mum could stay at home, they made this possible and so it was good to be able to give something back. It was a fabulous day and my family were there to support me. It was great to feel part of a team as 9 other people were also jumping on the day to raise money for KEMP Hospice. I was nervous on the day but I absolutely loved the jump and wanted to do it again as soon as I’d landed! It was definitely a day to remember.” The raised money by Antony will help support KEMP’s Mason Road hospice to provide specialist care and support to other patients, families and carers in the Wyre Forest, as well as in the surrounding areas of Shropshire and Worcestershire, dealing with life limiting illness and bereavement. The Hospice’s sole aim is to help patients maintain independence and provide assistance as needs change, enabling many to continue living their lives to the full, for as long as possible. Shelley Stanley, KEMP fundraiser added: “We are very grateful to Antony for his efforts and we want to thank all his friends, family and work colleagues who generously sponsored him. He raised an absolutely incredible £1,354 in memory of his Mum! This money will go towards helping other families, like Antony’s, in the Wyre Forest who are dealing with life limiting illness.” We have places available for our next parachute jump, which will take place on Saturday 30th April 2016 - So if you would like to take on a challenge, like Antony, then you can get in touch with the fundraising team at KEMP Hospice on 01562 756066 or email them on [email protected].