QA Hospital staff and patients do skydive

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NURSES and doctors joined their patients in taking their fundraising to new heights.

Sixteen members of Queen Alexandra Hospital’s renal department completed a skydive to raise money for an ultrasound scanner.

It will reduce waiting times and will improve patient experience within the unit.

David Penny, from Southsea, organised the skydive. He has been receiving treatment for renal failure since 2011.

He said: ‘It is essential for patients to be pro-active in raising funds to purchase equipment and for services that will make treatment more readily available, which will then lead to an improved life.’

So far, the team of staff and patients have raised £8,723 from the skydive.

Claire Whitehill is a vascular access nurse specialist for QA’s renal department.

She said: ‘David organised the skydive to bring patients, staff and relatives together, while raising funds to purchase equipment.

‘I would like to say a massive thank you to our fellow jumpers and to everyone who sponsored us.’