Feet firmly back on the ground….For now!

What an incredible weekend for Stomawise…

Hi Osto-Guys ‘n’ Girls, I hope you are all well and that you had an enjoyable weekend?!

After weeks of fundraising and nail-biting-nerves, this weekend I finally took to the ‘skies’ of AirKix Manchester in aid of Stomawise, the OstoBears & the Caravan Appeal. Several people turned out bright and early on Saturday morning to support the event; with myself, my daughter Chloe, OstoBear Billy and 8 others donning the AirKix attire to take part in the Sky-Dive. Once we were geared-up I initially started to panic as we queued to begin, but I was up first and once I was in all those nerves soon turned to excitement and thrill as the adrenaline started pumping. Overall, we had 3 flights each and it was just totally awesome it took my breath away and I didn’t give my stoma a second thought! Never in my craziest of dreams would I have imagined myself being able to take part in this with all my health problems, it just goes to show that the only disability in life is a bad attitude and I refuse to let my poor health get the better of me. I was so proud of Chloe (8), too; she really wasn’t sure about it all but, she was pleased with herself for completing it for the OstoBears.

At present we don’t yet have a total figure of how much was raised as we still have donations trickling in (its not too late to donate!), but watch this space as the final amount will be announced in the next few days. I just want to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK-YOU to not only those who took part, but all those who donated to those flying and those that turned up to support us on the day. Because of your generosity we will be able to send lots more OstoBears to children around the world going through Ostomy surgery and facing life with a stoma. It also means that we are a few more steps closer to reaching our ‘Caravan Appeal’ target and obtaining our first static caravan for Ostomates.

Overall, I think it’s fair to say that all the sky-divers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my 1st Stomaversary weekend.

We are already in talks for the next Airkix fundraiser in a few months time, so if you were unable to make the last event, fear not, there will be another opportunity to fly with Billy in a few months time! Rachel xxx rachel@stomawise.co.uk

If you would like to make a late donation for the event, you can do so by clicking here.