Exmouth vet nurse taking on two-mile fundraising freefall for four legged friends at Dogs Trust

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 January 2018

Head vet nurse Kirsty Hensby (far right), from Exmouth, with her colleagues at Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery.

Head vet nurse Kirsty Hensby (far right), from Exmouth, with her colleagues at Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery.

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Head nurse and practice manager at East Devon’s Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery is taking on a 15,000 foot skydive, in which she will freefall for around two miles, to help abandoned and unwanted dogs find their new forever homes.

Raddenstiles's head veterinary nurse Kirsty Hensby, is taking part in a tandem skydive to raise money for the practice's chosen charity for 2018, Dogs Trust. Raddenstiles's head veterinary nurse Kirsty Hensby, is taking part in a tandem skydive to raise money for the practice's chosen charity for 2018, Dogs Trust.

An East Devon veterinary nurse is showing her devotion to her four-legged friends by taking a fundraising leap of faith.

Kirsty Hensby, from Exmouth, is soon to take part in the highest skydive that can be done without oxygen, at Dunkeswell airfield, in Devon.

The extreme adrenaline experience was a surprise Christmas gift from Kirsty’s partner Luke Smith, who knew it would fulfil a lifelong dream of hers.

She said: “I didn’t realise it was the highest one in the UK! I think I will be quite nervous on the day, but it is one of the things I have always wanted to do and because I am doing it for charity, I will have to do it!”

Kirsty Hensby is planning to take the UK's highest possible skydive possible without breathing apparatus later this year to raise money for Dogs Trust. Kirsty Hensby is planning to take the UK's highest possible skydive possible without breathing apparatus later this year to raise money for Dogs Trust.

Kirsty is head nurse and practice manager at East Devon’s Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery, for which Dogs Trust is the chosen charity for 2018.

So, she decided to use her Christmas present to raise funds for the trust, which specialises in rehabilitation and rehoming for abandoned and unwanted dogs.

The 15,000 foot tandem jump is planned to take place on Saturday, March 31, with ‘Skydive Buzz’.

The experience promises to be exhilarating and adrenaline-fuelled, as during freefall Kirsty will experience speeds of approximately 120mph, falling around two miles.

Veterinary nurse Kirsty Hensby's skydive aims to raise funds to help Dogs Trust rehabilitate and rehome dogs like Cadbury. Veterinary nurse Kirsty Hensby's skydive aims to raise funds to help Dogs Trust rehabilitate and rehome dogs like Cadbury.

But despite the likelihood that edging toward the open plane door will be somewhat nerve-wracking, Kirsty is confident she will see the challenge through.

There is no specific target for fundraising, but Kirsty was pleased that within 24 hours of announcing her aim on Facebook, £140 were raised. She hopes to raise as much as possible and plans to give all money raised to the Dogs Trust.

People who wish to donate can do so in person at either the Exmouth or Sidford Raddenstiles surgeries, or make contact via the Raddenstiles Facebook page.

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