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For those of us that have reached retirement there are one hundred and one things, so we are told, that we can do to pass the time away until the fatal day. Jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet is probably not on your “bucket list” – a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfil and life experiences you desire before you die. Some of the more outlandish activities might be………..

Spend more time with the family
Meet working friends at their jobs on weekdays with a picnic lunch
Throw more parties
Write more letters
Join a book club
Volunteer for charity sky-diving
Find a partner
Join a club (for example a chess club)

Richard Gwilt has chosen one of the more extreme activities to raise funds for the Hospice of st. francis in Berkhamsted. – the sky-diving one. Richard is a regular volunteer ranger at Ashridge where you have probably seen him exercising his dog Eric. As a free spirit he actively seeks out kindred spirits who group together for conversation on conservation.

Raising a regular amount of money is obviously vital to many charitable organisations just to keep going. But coming up with novel fundraising not only helps to bring in much needed cash but can also raise the profile of this local hospice, which provided help for Richard in his time of need.

The Blog has supported Richard with a donation and for those of you who might wish to do the same please click here to donate.

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  1. Elaine Mount says:

    Met two great volunteers whilst walking my dogs this morning. They were checking corrugated iron tiles for wildlife. Thank you both for your enthusiasm and dedication to conservation with NT.
    I looked at the timeline and signed up for the posts via email.


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