4th November 2016

Wetherby Manor Head Chef Oliver Takes to the Skies for Charity

Wetherby Manor care home head chef Oliver Smith has taken part in a skydive to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and The Food Chain.

Oliver is no stranger to extreme sports as he used to be a keen snowboarder but this was his first skydive. He was part of a five-strong team from the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) who each took a tandem skydive from 10,000ft including a 45 second free fall.

Together they have raised over £6,000 for the two charities.

Speaking about his experience Oliver said: “You would think it would be scary but the skydive was actually really enjoyable, the feeling of falling into nothing but air is quite incredible.

“It’s something I’ve always thought I might do one day and this way I have been able to support two amazing charities at the same time.

“Working at Wetherby Manor I meet many people with dementia and it also took my nan’s life so helping to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society is particularly important to me.”

The Alzheimer’s Society supports people living with dementia, their families and carers and The Food Chain provides essential nutritional support services tailored to the individual needs of people chronically sick with HIV-related illnesses.

Wetherby Manor is part of Hadrian Healthcare Group and provides residential, dementia and nursing care for elderly people in Wetherby.

Judith Scurr, manager of Wetherby Manor said: “Oliver has done a very brave thing for two very worthwhile causes and we were delighted to support him and NACC.”

Oliver won the NACC Care Cook of the Year award in 2015 making him the third Hadrian Healthcare chef to win the prestigious national title in three consecutive years.

Neel Radia, national chair of the NACC who was also a member of the skydiving team said: “We’re so proud to have raised such a great sum for the Food Chain and Alzheimer’s Society, whose work, like that of the NACC’s, is dedicated to improving the life quality of the vulnerable and elderly.”   
Donations to Oliver’s NACC skydive fundraising effort can still be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NACC.

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