Daring Katharine’s ‘idiot performance’ for charity

Easebourne Primary School children doing a reverse advent calendar, seen here with Katharine Minchin from Stonepillow. Pic Steve Robards SR1729651 SUS-170512-170359001
Easebourne Primary School children doing a reverse advent calendar, seen here with Katharine Minchin from Stonepillow. Pic Steve Robards SR1729651 SUS-170512-170359001

Veteran Easebourne fundraiser Katharine Minchin, who is 73, is about to undertake a skydiving challenge to raise funds for Stonepillow.

Her daring challenge will take place next Saturday (April 21) over Salisbury Plain.

Katharine has already smashed her fundraising target of £1,000, with more than 70 people so far supporting her with donations of more than £2,000 and many messages of encouragement and support.

The money raised will go towards the new 24 hour access hostel which is being opened by Stonepillow in Bognor, where £98,000 is needed for the new hostel.

“We are also upgrading the Chichester night hostel to 24 hour access and it all costs money, so please help me to raise funds by supporting my insanity,” said Katharine.

She has been involved with the charity for more than 20 years and cooks very regularly for her ‘Sunday’ family in the Chichester night hostel.

“I also collect clothes, food, cleaning materials, washing powder, even bicycles for Stonepillow, as well as judging cake competitions and manning fund raising barbecues in town – in fact anything that will help the cause.”

She is doing the skydive for Stonepillow’s ‘Restoring Hope, Rebuidling Lives’ campaign ‘because no one should be without a roof over their heads’, Katharine told the Observer.

“ I heard, and saw, myself open my mouth and say something stupid, again,” she said after volunteering to jump from a plane.

“As we need a great deal more money to do these projects I thought an idiot performance by me might help.”

Asking for support, she added: “Your donation can change someone’s life. It could be the spark of hope which makes them feel like life is worth living.”

Anyone who would like to support Katharine’s skydive can donate on her just giving page, www.justgiving.com/Katharine-Skydive