Skydiving with The Soldiers' Charity
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Stella Richards McGurk
Amount Raised
£4,405.00

My Message

Dear Friends, Family and All

In 2015 after a lifetime of sitting comfortably in - and trying to exit gracefully from - aeroplanes, I decided it was time to do it differently by attempting a skydive ..... firmly strapped to a lovely Red Devil of the Army’s Parachute Display Team of course! And it would also be a leap of faith for me, in memory of my father John Richards, a reconnaissance pilot in the RAF, who was killed just 5 weeks before the end of the war, when I was a baby. Despite not growing up with him, I've always felt a constant bond -  never more so than when I’m in the air.  He parachuted to safety once so I felt it would be special, if a bit nerve-wracking, to share that airborne sensation, and my effort would make him smile -  although my daughter declared it would only make her need a large drink! 

My jump was planned to raise money for The Soldiers' Charity which wonderfully supports and cares for soldiers in need - serving, injured or retired, together with their families, and I was overwhelmed with so many generous donations. But fate intervened and despite being booked to jump on no fewer than 3 separate dates in the Red Devils’ busy 2015 calendar, on each occasion the weather made it unsafe and the jumps had to be cancelled. I was listed for the first allocated date of 2016 - the sun shone brilliantly, and on May 24th at Old Sarum Airfield near Salisbury, I did it ….. and now I can hold my head up because at last I was able to keep my side of the bargain – hooray!

Thanks to my supporters’ fantastic generosity the total sum raised so far for the charity has reached over £5000, but needless to say any additional contributions via my page here would be deeply appreciated.

Stella x

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My Supporters (127)

Maggie Rigby donated £25.00
Jun 7, 2016 2:15 PM
Madhuri and Olivier left a message
Jun 6, 2016 10:06 PM
So beautiful! xx
Madhuri and Olivier donated £50.00
Jun 6, 2016 10:05 PM
Andreane Neofitou donated £50.00
Jun 2, 2016 10:02 AM
Seth Stuhl left a message
Jun 1, 2016 4:06 AM
You are amazing, Stella, and I am so happy to support you!!
Seth Stuhl donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 1, 2016 4:05 AM
Pattie Brake donated £25.00
May 31, 2016 9:49 AM
Joanna donated £10.00
May 27, 2016 6:42 PM
Joanna Morrison left a message
May 27, 2016 6:38 PM
Well done looney! X
alessandra left a message
Oct 3, 2015 4:18 PM
Happy Birthday, dear Stella!!!! Enjoy every second of your soar! You do your papa proud and amaze us all! love,
Alessandra donated an undisclosed amount
Oct 3, 2015 4:16 PM
Mark Kanas donated £50.00
Aug 26, 2015 3:45 PM
Anne Wall donated £20.00
Aug 24, 2015 11:59 AM
Katharine Redshaw & Anne Barton donated £50.00
Aug 21, 2015 8:46 AM
Diana Mackintosh donated £10.00
Aug 19, 2015 1:03 PM
Chris and Berks donated £25.00
Aug 2, 2015 2:06 AM
Lawrence Kaill donated £20.00
Jul 28, 2015 9:16 AM
Bob Gray donated £100.00
Jul 28, 2015 9:14 AM
Matthew Kelly donated £25.00
Jul 28, 2015 9:14 AM
Elaine Kidd left a message
Jul 23, 2015 3:42 PM
I love your story, Stella, and think you're very brave. I hope it's exhilarating and wonderful and that your dad's looking down on it with a wee tear of joy.
Elaine Kidd donated £30.00
Jul 23, 2015 3:41 PM
Rozzie Metterhell donated £30.00
Jul 16, 2015 10:45 AM
Clive donated £10.00
Jul 16, 2015 10:44 AM
Kate Hart donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 15, 2015 5:50 PM
Deirdre Gotto left a message
Jul 14, 2015 8:59 PM
Such an exhilarating experience, I hope, for the cause. Quite marvellous!
Rob Allan donated £25.00
Jul 14, 2015 3:41 PM
John and Jean Payne left a message
Jul 14, 2015 1:06 PM
Good Luck Stella-will be thinking of you.Safe landing Lol John and Jean.X
Jean and John donated £25.00
Jul 14, 2015 1:03 PM
Sophie R donated £20.00
Jul 14, 2015 12:56 PM
The Mackintosh Foundation donated £350.00
Jul 14, 2015 12:46 PM
Dom & Katie holmes donated £20.00
Jul 14, 2015 12:36 PM
Jenny Secombe donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 14, 2015 12:26 PM
Jenny Secombe left a message
Jul 14, 2015 12:22 PM
Go Stells! Much love, Jens x
Sam Bayne left a message
Jul 14, 2015 10:24 AM
Who's taking the pictures?
Elizabeth & Richard Sherman left a message
Jul 13, 2015 10:29 PM
We'll be thinking of you with love & much good luck wishes on the 15th! Elizabeth & Richard
Michael Bayne donated £25.00
Jul 13, 2015 3:59 PM
Joycie & Rob donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 13, 2015 3:36 PM
Peter. left a message
Jul 13, 2015 9:50 AM
Good Luck xx.
Peter Roberts donated £50.00
Jul 13, 2015 9:49 AM
Jane Harker donated £20.00
Jul 12, 2015 7:06 PM
Jane Harker left a message
Jul 12, 2015 7:00 PM
I'll be thinking of you all the way! Very good luck!
Michael McCabe left a message
Jul 12, 2015 10:49 AM
Wishing you all the best as you Defy Gravity.
Michael McCabe donated £100.00
Jul 12, 2015 10:48 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 12, 2015 9:01 AM
Rod & Christina Parker donated £100.00
Jul 10, 2015 2:26 PM
Simon Higlett donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2015 9:36 PM
Berry left a message
Jul 9, 2015 8:08 PM
YES YOU CAN!!! and SMILE!!
Berry Cornish donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2015 8:04 PM
Berry Cornish left a message
Jul 9, 2015 7:56 PM
Have Fun Stells!!...There she goes!!! "That's the way to do it" !!
Brian Kirk donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 9, 2015 6:41 PM
Cindy left a message
Jul 9, 2015 5:39 PM
GO GIRL - AN APPLE MARTINI AWAITS YOU!
Cindy donated £50.00
Jul 9, 2015 5:38 PM
Robbie Sherman donated £300.00
Jul 9, 2015 4:42 PM
Robbie Sherman left a message
Jul 8, 2015 9:42 PM
Remember your parachute. (Sounds dumb, but it's important!) x
Brian and Terry donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 8, 2015 5:15 PM
Terry and Brian left a message
Jul 8, 2015 5:11 PM
We always knew you were a high flyer!
Anne McCluskey left a message
Jul 8, 2015 2:56 PM
Go Stella! What a lady.
Anne McCluskey & John Stalker donated £50.00
Jul 8, 2015 2:55 PM
Liz Robertson left a message
Jul 7, 2015 7:29 PM
Wow Stella you are amazing. I am so impressed
Liz Robertson donated £50.00
Jul 7, 2015 7:28 PM
Sally Hughes donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 7, 2015 1:34 PM
Sally Hughes left a message
Jul 7, 2015 1:31 PM
You are my hero. Everything crossed for July 15th. xxxx
Lady Jennifer Hopkins donated £30.00
Jul 7, 2015 11:02 AM
Justine Warren left a message
Jul 7, 2015 9:42 AM
Stella - you never cease to amaze me! A great lady and a great cause. Fly well - I have no doubt you will give an Oscar-winning performance. Justinex
Justine Warren donated £50.00
Jul 7, 2015 9:17 AM
Billy Differ donated £40.00
Jul 6, 2015 9:41 PM
Jim Jams donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 6, 2015 6:49 PM
Hughie and Susie left a message
Jul 6, 2015 6:49 PM
Go Stells, sadly we won't be there to cheer you off as we should be.
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 6, 2015 6:47 PM
Jim Jams.x left a message
Jul 6, 2015 6:39 PM
Darling Stells. You're simply the best. Fly lovely lady fly. Love Ya.
Margaret Monigan donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 6, 2015 5:46 PM
Graeme Tonge left a message
Jul 5, 2015 6:16 PM
Love Graeme XX
Graeme Tonge donated £25.00
Jul 5, 2015 6:14 PM
Paul Hudson donated £20.00
Jul 4, 2015 11:20 AM
belinda fraser donated £20.00
Jul 3, 2015 12:57 PM
roger redfarn left a message
Jul 3, 2015 12:20 PM
thinking of you love roger
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 3, 2015 12:19 PM
Julia and John Lanhma donated £50.00
Jul 3, 2015 11:19 AM
Roy and Lorraine left a message
Jul 2, 2015 8:34 PM
Stella -You are one amazing lady !!, Sorry we cannot be with you on the day, but we'll be thinking of you - Cannot wait to hear all about your amazing experience - See you in August xxxxx
Roy and Lorraine Hudson donated £50.00
Jul 2, 2015 8:18 PM
Mr. D.M. & Mrs M. Beaton donated £50.00
Jul 2, 2015 2:30 PM
D.M. Rose donated £50.00
Jul 2, 2015 2:29 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 2, 2015 9:29 AM
David and Maggie left a message
Jul 2, 2015 9:25 AM
Go Stella! Then you will be prepared for your own free fall jump alone in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund which would make your Father doubly proud........
C Jordan donated £50.00
Jul 1, 2015 3:49 PM
Lee Dean donated £50.00
Jul 1, 2015 1:55 PM
Leslie Kovacs left a message
Jul 1, 2015 1:33 PM
Go Stella!
Leslie Kovacs donated an undisclosed amount
Jul 1, 2015 1:32 PM
DM left a message
Jun 30, 2015 12:38 PM
With love
DM & Cynthia donated £25.00
Jun 30, 2015 12:37 PM
BERT FINK left a message
Jun 29, 2015 5:17 PM
Go Stella! Break a leg! Actually - DON'T!
BERT FINK donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 29, 2015 5:16 PM
David Taylor donated £75.00
Jun 29, 2015 2:51 PM
Lynne Hacking donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 29, 2015 2:23 PM
Tom Pitt-Chambers left a message
Jun 29, 2015 10:12 AM
I'm never truly surprised by the things you arrange to do... climb mountains, jump out of planes... but I do often think I'm very lucky (and proud) to have such an inspirational and amazing Aunt!
Thomas Pitt-Chambers donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 29, 2015 9:53 AM
Thomas Schumacher left a message
Jun 28, 2015 3:01 PM
You might be completely insane, but I love you for it. Brava!!!
Thomas Schumacher donated £500.00
Jun 28, 2015 3:00 PM
Biggins and Neil. left a message
Jun 27, 2015 4:11 PM
You're mad but we love you. Biggins and Neil xxxxx
Christopher Biggins Neil Sinclair donated £100.00
Jun 27, 2015 4:10 PM
Michael Rose left a message
Jun 26, 2015 11:58 AM
Enjoy, and good luck. £50 to follow.
Charles Allen donated £100.00
Jun 26, 2015 10:20 AM
Charles Allen left a message
Jun 26, 2015 10:17 AM
Good luck!
Rose Wilton left a message
Jun 24, 2015 11:17 AM
Good luck dear Stella Love Rose
Rose Wilton donated £20.00
Jun 24, 2015 11:16 AM
Aileen donated £20.00
Jun 24, 2015 11:07 AM
Lois Gilbert left a message
Jun 23, 2015 7:33 PM
Dear Stella. Here's wishing you the very best of luck. Rather you than me!!!! Hug him tight! All love Lois xxx
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 23, 2015 7:30 PM
Naim and Tim donated £50.00
Jun 23, 2015 12:22 PM
Jon Vicky left a message
Jun 22, 2015 4:50 PM
Looking forward to the debriefing.
Jon + Vicky donated £25.00
Jun 22, 2015 4:45 PM
peter baldwin donated £25.00
Jun 22, 2015 12:42 PM
Moni Chalabi left a message
Jun 22, 2015 10:09 AM
Wishing you all the very best, of anyone I can think of, you can do this - Brava, I am so proud to be your friend. lots of love, Moni
Moni Chalabi donated £50.00
Jun 22, 2015 10:08 AM
Sally Chittleburgh left a message
Jun 21, 2015 6:12 PM
Always knew you were a bit of a dare-devil dear Stells! So much good luck and love Sal x
Sally Chittleburgh donated £50.00
Jun 21, 2015 6:09 PM
Cuzn Brian donated £25.00
Jun 21, 2015 10:20 AM
Christine left a message
Jun 20, 2015 10:11 PM
Way to go Stella!! xoxo
Christine Breault donated £50.00
Jun 20, 2015 10:11 PM
Sian, Oliver, Ula x left a message
Jun 20, 2015 3:23 PM
Go Stella! And best of luck!
Sian, Oliver, Ula donated £20.00
Jun 20, 2015 3:22 PM
Patrick donated £50.00
Jun 19, 2015 6:28 PM
Linzi left a message
Jun 19, 2015 1:49 PM
I'm so impressed Stella! You're a braver woman than I am! X
Linzi donated £25.00
Jun 19, 2015 1:49 PM
BARRY BURNETT donated £50.00
Jun 19, 2015 12:17 PM
Sam Bayne donated £25.00
Jun 18, 2015 5:48 PM
Alex donated £50.00
Jun 18, 2015 3:47 PM