Challenger of the Month

Every month we celebrate a person or team who has gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. It’s not always about who has run the fastest or the furthest or longest. We aim to celebrate people who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and done something that has been a real challenge for them.

Our Challenger of the Month for May 2019 is…

Maggie Rowell – Tandem Skydive

Marvellous Maggie has been involved with Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for many years. Being a charity ambassador and volunteer as Activities Co-ordinator at our Guildford Hospice, Christopher’s for over 10 years. With June marking her 70th birthday she decided to tick something off her bucket list whilst raising some money for the charity she so loves. “Having volunteered at Christopher’s for over 10 years and having such a wonderful time doing it, I wanted to give something back. Jumping out of a plane has always been on my bucket list so I thought this year would be the perfect time to do it, whilst raising much needed funds for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.”

The day before the event Maggie was hopeful the weather was kind so she could see everything that happened. “I had no fear before hand as I had no idea what it would be like,” she explains, “some of the young ones at the hospice asked if they could do it with me and I told them that’s not possible but I would carry them in my heart all the way down.”

Maggie travelled to sunny Salisbury on Saturday 25 May joining seven other super #TeamShootingStar jumpers set to soar through the skies in aid of their local children’s hospice charity.

After soaking up the atmosphere on the ground, Maggie and her fellow flyers met their tandem instructors, harnessed up and clambered onto the plane! After a short climb to reach an eye watering 15,000ft it was the time Maggie had been waiting for…

“I had great fun! Barbie and Jess, who both work at Christopher’s, as well as Alexa who is Head of Challenge Events came along to cheer me on which was great support. The other people I did it with were great. Plus I really enjoyed it. Free falling is incredible. 15,000 feet is a long way up! It seemed to take quite a while to come down. Plus I raised some money for our lovely, lovely hospices. I saw Summer, who is a little girl supported by the charity, on Sunday for swimming and she was very proud of me, which made my day. Barbie has given me my own notice board at Christopher’s with photos. Fame at last!”

So far Maggie has reached an amazing height in her fundraising too – currently on a huge £1,970.72!

“Hopefully the grand total will be going up a little. So many people sponsored me and wished me luck. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and the babies, children, teenagers and young adults who this will help thank you as well. Also a big thank you to the mummies and daddies who sponsored me and sent me such lovely messages.  Surrounded by love always helps.”

Has Maggie inspired you to take a leap of faith? Why not face your fears today and help us support local families facing their fears everyday. Check out our events calendar for all our exhilarating challenges – and look out for #TeamShootingStar Skydive 2020 – information coming soon!