Local Heroes Assemble to Save the Day for Cancer Centre Skydivers

An emergency appeal took an unexpected turn yesterday when several local community members came to the rescue for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity.


UHCW Charity put out a plea on social media for assistance when 47 charity skydivers and their 70 friends and family members found themselves without the transport to get them to Sibson airfield on Saturday.


BBC Coventry and Warwickshire invited Lisa Fell, Marketing and Communications Officer for UHCW Charity to share the emergency situation on air and the response was overwhelming.


Local coach company Johnson’s Coaches of Henley in Arden responded and offered a coach to take the 47 brave UHCW Charity skydivers known as Arden’s Angels across to Peterborough and back again. The only caveat was that the drivers wages needed to be covered. Then in swooped local residents Jean from Canley and Pete from Coundon who wanted to help and offered to pay for the coach! Johnson’s coaches and UHCW Charity thanked them for their generosity and agreed that they would provide the coach for free and Jean and Pete’s kind donations would cover the cost of the coach driver.


Another unexpected hero then came along in the form of Wasps RFC, offering their services. They not only kindly donated a team double decker bus to take 70 family members, friends and loyal supporters of Arden’s Angels across to the airfield, but have also invited them as their guests to the  upcoming fixture against London Irish on 20th October. 


Lisa Fell of UHCW Charity said “this unexpected response has been overwhelming and humbling. For local members of the community and businesses to come together to help this brave group of people doing something wonderful for Charity is just incredible.”


This is the second skydive for the Arden’s Angels this year. 11 angels took to the sky in July to support Tracie Mills who has been receiving treatment at the Arden Cancer Centre at University Hospital Coventry for the past 6 years. After receiving the heartbreaking news that her cancer is terminal, she started a bucket list that her Angels were determined to help her with. After taking the plunge in July and raising over £10,000 for UHCW Charity, they recruited more members and were determined to raise even more for the Charity that supports the Cancer Centre that has helped her so much.


Tracie said “I just wanted to turn my journey into a positive one, taking the time to give something back and inspire others. To hear the news that the community has come together to help us in a time of need is just amazing. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart”.


The Angels have almost hit their fundraising target of £20,000 and would love to reach this before their skydive on Saturday. You can donate online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickieBrightwell