Triple thrill fundraiser raises hundreds for Sheffield older persons’ charity
A brave Sheffield fundraiser has dropped, dashed and scorched her way to more than £1,000 for a city older persons charity.
Gayle Dooley has already bagged an abseil, half marathon and firewalk for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC)- but now she has set her sights even higher, with a post-lockdown skydive already in the offing.
The bold supporter, aged 45, from Wadsley, says she was inspired to raise cash for the charity having seen first-hand the vital care it provides isolated older people in her role as a home support worker.
Gayle said: “People don’t realise what SCCCC is about, and the incredible work they do with older people in the community. I am very aware of the need for support for older people in my work, that's why I do crazy things like run half marathons, abseil 140ft and do fire walks to raise money.
“Each year, SCCCC do an amazing job to support thousands of people over the age of 65 through their schemes. I’m not a thrill seeker, so a skydive will be way out of my comfort zone. I am scared but I am always willing to be brave to raise money to help those in need.”
So far Gayle has raised £1,000, with a further £350 in the pot for the skydive, which the charity hopes will now take place towards the end of the year.
SCCCC works closely with the statutory agencies in Sheffield to provide a network of support for mainly older people, their carers and families. Most of its work helps older people in their own homes and supports them if they are admitted to or discharged from hospital, or living in a residential home.