Harry takes to the skies for Hospicecare
PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 March 2016
A 17-year-old student from Weston is taking to the skies to complete a 15,000ft skydive in aid of the charity which cared for his father, uncle and grandfather before they died.
Harry Spedding is taking on the challenge in August in aid of Weston Hospicecare, after the charity cared for his dad, Tim Spedding, his uncle Andrew Mewse and his grandfather Neville Mewse.
Tim died aged 29 in 2001 after being diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and Harry was aged just two at the time.
Harry’s mum, Rebecca, received bereavement counselling from the hospice in Thornbury Road, Uphill, and subsequently volunteered as a bereavement volunteer for the charity once she felt ready.
However, after Andrew died in 2005 when Harry was aged six and Neville died in November 2015, Harry felt he wanted to give something back to the hospice and signed up to the skydive on its behalf.
Harry, who is studying for his A-levels at Weston College, said he was inspired to take part in the skydive after a suggestion from a friend several years ago, but felt the time was right after Neville’s death last year.
He told the Mercury: “When my granddad died back in November it inspired me to do it (the skydive) even more so.
“I am old enough to do something proper now rather than just selling a couple of cakes.
“I can’t wait. I will probably be nervous once I get there but right now I just cannot wait to do it.
“The hospice has always helped us through everything and they are also a local charity, so I would rather do it for them than a national charity. I am sure they will be more grateful as they do not get such big donations.
“My experiences have strengthened me. Obviously it has been hard but it has helped me get over it knowing they have not been in pain and it was a nice way for them to go.
“Granddad went quickly, he wasn’t in pain and he died at home, all because of help from the hospice.”
To sponsor Harry, click here to visit his JustGiving page.