Erica, originally from England and now living in Spain, has always had the questionable
desire to complete a sky dive. And finally, after some encouragement from a friend she
registered and paid for the jump. Once committed she decided that as she was doing the jump
anyway, she might as well make it worthwhile and raise money for the Paul Cunningham
Nurses Charity at the same time.
So on the 12 th August at a small airfield in Castellon, Erica and her sky dive partner jumped
out of a small plane, from 4,000 metres ( approx 13000 feet) – free falling for the first 60
seconds before the parachute opened. Erica was watched by her husband Alan and youngest
grandson Aden who remained safely on the ground!
Through the generosity of friends from the Petanca Group, the urbanisations Buena Vista 9
and 10 Rojales, the Bridge Bar Rojales, Nev, Mick and friends at the monthly Charity Quiz
held at Rialto Restaurant Benimar, family and friends in England – the amount of
sponsorship raised for the charity totalled 1,250 euros. Erica would like to thank all of the
people who so generously sponsored her.
Last week the money raised was presented to the Charity. Two volunteers, who work for the
Charity, Meeche and Valerie, accepted the cheque on behalf of the Paul Cunningham Nurses
Charity at the Petanca Club Quesada. Without the encouragement of Meeche who has also
completed a solo sky dive, Erica thinks she may never have realised her ambition.
The Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity was created to assist terminally ill patients, free of
charge and in their own home environment, administering care with dignity and compassion.
The dedicated nurses are experienced in palliative care and work alongside Doctors to
effectively manage pain and symptoms. They also provide emotional support to the patient
and family. The charity is a non-profit making organisation that relies on donations and its
Anyone needing their nursing services or wishing to support the charity can contact them on
966 790 363.