Make 2018 a year to remember with a challenge to support local hospice care

A HARROGATE hospice care charity is calling on the community to make 2018 a year to remember by taking on a challenge to supporting local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Last year hundreds of people took part in events to raise vital funds for Saint Michael’s – including skydives, the London Marathon, a husky sleigh run, coast-to-coast walks and cycle rides and record-breaking Great North Run entries. Many people chose a challenge in memory of a loved one; others did it to mark a milestone birthday, to fulfil a personal ambition or simply for the experience.

Chief executive of Saint Michael’s Tony Collins said: “As a charity that supports local people living with terminal illness to make the most of their time together, we would also like to encourage people in our community to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

 “Our message is: Whatever you do this year, do it for Saint Michael’s and make 2018 a year to remember.”

The Harrogate-based charity spends £5million each year providing its vital services to families affected by terminal illness and bereavement, which are offered to people across the Harrogate District free of charge.

Find out more about supporting Saint Michael’s in 2018, T: (01423) 878 628 E: or W:


Mick’s story

When Ripon man Mick Relton opted to take on a skydive challenge for Saint Michael’s, it was a major personal challenge on many different levels.

Mick, who lives in Ripon, set himself the challenge in memory of his beloved wife Janet, who died last year aged 59 at the Harrogate hospice following a devastating diagnosis.

“Janet had lymphoma in her lungs, which then spread into her brain and spine.  Saint Michael’s was a marvellous place – so peaceful and comfortable – and she was treated with such care and consideration. Everything happened the way she wanted it to.

“After she died, I wanted to do something special to raise money in her memory and to help Saint Michael’s. When I saw the skydive challenge, I knew that was the thing I wanted to do and that Janet would have been proud of me for doing it.

Mick opted to do the tandem skydive on his 67th birthday. The skydive, which took place at Hilbaldstow airfield, Lincs, is the UK’s highest tandem skydive from 15,000 feet. Participants experience a full minute of freefall at speeds of up to 120mph.

Mike’s courage paid off and he was thrilled to have raised almost £1,000 from his challenge. He hopes his experience will inspire others to challenge themselves in this way.

“On the day, I was a bit scared. But once we got high in the plane, I kept telling myself – you can do this, don’t be scared, just do it!  It was amazing being above the clouds and an incredible experience.   When I’d done it, I felt fantastic! A bit of me thought ‘never again’ but I’m already thinking about doing another – and raising even more money next time.”


Ways to challenge yourself for Saint Michael’s

  • If you want to skydive, contact Saint Michael’s on (01423) 878 628 to register your interest and find a date to suit.
  • Spaces are available now in top running events such as the Great North Run and Yorkshire Marathon, with early bird offers.
  • If you want to organise your own challenge with friends, family or as a club or team, the charity can support you.
  • Set your own lifestyle challenge and raise sponsorship for achieving your goal.

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