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Skydive with a difference

Joel SkyDive Challenge

Daredevil Joel Johnson is taking on a challenge for Woodlands Hospice in the form of a Skydive… in Dubai!

Joel Johnson wanted to do a Skydive to help raise money for Woodlands Hospice in memory of his dad, John, after being inspired by a YouTube video of Will Smith doing a skydive when he quoted “a Skydive is the most intense human experience”.  Not satisfied with doing a Skydive in the UK Joel will take on his Skydive challenge at the Palm in Dubai on Friday 17th November along with a cousin and four friends.

21 year-old Joel is a Treasury Officer at Rathbones Investment Management in the Port of Liverpool. He has worked at the Banking Company for the last two years, following completing 6th form at Cardinal Heenan, and is a young man who truly wants to make a difference.  

He is an Ambassador and member of the Liverpool City Regional Ambassador Network and a member of Rathbones Social Committee.­  Joel, who started at Rathbones as an Apprentice helped to promote UK Apprenticeship Schemes at The House of Commons recently during an event which took place their titled ''Apprentices take over the House of Commons''. Rt Hon Robert Halfon (Minister of State for Education) was a guest speaker along with other MPs - Nus Ghani and Joe Billington. The event celebrated the success of such schemes and gave them the opportunity to speak of their future ambitions for apprenticeships whilst inviting past apprentices to take the stage and talk about their experiences.

Originally from Anfield and now living in West Derby he is keen to help those less fortunate than himself and links this to the support he and his family received during the sad loss of his dad John.

“The team at Woodlands helped my family and I through a sad time in our lives, which we would have not been able to go through without their support.  From the volunteers to nurses, each member of staff exceeds the organisation's values of providing the best care for patients. Each part of the Woodlands team work extremely hard and provide a very positive atmosphere at the Hospice. Every time my family visited, we were always greeted with a smile and made to feel welcome during our stay. I would never be able to express how grateful we are to Woodlands, so raising money for this cause was inevitable.”

“The next project at Woodlands is to build a summer house onsite to provide some leisure time for families with young children and relatives. All funds received from my Just Giving crowd funding page and from the recent charity event my family held will go towards this endeavour. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for any donations made towards this cause!”

If you would like to support Joel and sponsor his Skydive click here to go to his Just Giving page and donate.