A former heroin addict from Bath who has turned his life around will be taking on his second skydive for charity in a world record attempt. Jeremy Palmer, 38, from Southdown will be launching himself out of a plane, to free fall 15,000ft on Saturday 20th June at Dunkswell Airbase in Devon. He will be jumping for The Forever Friends Appeal to raise funds for the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital, after his godson and nephew were treated on the unit.
As of 15th June, Jeremy Palmer will have been clean for three years and his skydive five days later, will help solidify this momentous occasion which has seen him regain custody of his two children and become a real pillar of the local community – doing all he can to help those in similar situations he once found himself in years ago. Jeremy has been a Peer Mentor for a couple of years working with other addicts to help them get on track for a couple of years at Developing Health and Independence (DHI) -a charity which helps people with drug and alcohol problems. In the last few months he has begun working for Reach as a Floating Support Worker and has even set up a Narcotics Anonymous meeting on a Thursday night at 5.45pm at the DHI at The Beehive Yard in Bath.
The turning point for Jeremy Palmer was his children:
“My life is great now and I am loving every single moment. I am a Dad, a son and a brother now. I have two beautiful children, Mariah aged 6 and JJ ages 4, who are my life and I love them with all my heart. After I came out of prison in January 2012 I decided I had to change for them. I am now on a path to help other people who may wish to get clean an want some help or advice on how to get clean. I have chosen to support RUH’s NICU as my nephew and godson were both treated on the unit. The staff do an amazing job and its such a great cause and fun way to say thank you!”
After completing his first skydive (and the first time in a plane!) in 2014 and raising over £2,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal, he has well and truly caught the skydive bug and is back again to try and raise even more for children and babies at the RUH. His skydive will even be part of a World Record attempt for the most people to do a skydive within 24 hours.
At the Royal United Hospital in Bath one in ten babies are born too early, too sick or too soon and therefore need additional care. The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) provides this type of care to around three hundred babies every year. These babies, who can fit in the palm of your hand or are too sick to survive on their own, need everything that modern technology can offer. This very Centre was 50% funded by The Forever Friends Appeal, the main charitable arm of the Hospital, from charitable support as part of the NICU ‘space to grow’ Campaign and provides these premature babies with the best possible start in life. Charitable donations and support from people like Jeremy, continue provide state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment that helps staff deliver the best possible care to these fragile young lives.
If you would like to sponsor Jeremy and support children and babies at the RUH, please visit his online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/Jer-Palmer1