By Redmond O’Hanlon
The Ataxia Ireland Parachute Jump Event took place on Saturday August 21st at Abbeyshrule Airfield, County Longford. There were 47 people jumping, each one attached to a tandem jump master. Eleven of these, including myself, were wheelchair users and unable to walk. The event continued all day long. I was able to get to the venue around midday, as my Home Instead carer had very kindly agreed to come an hour earlier than usual to help me get ready.
In Abbeyshrule, I was happy to wear my Home Instead t-shirt in order to promote this company to all 150 people who attended during the day. Home Instead as a company has given me exemplary service over the past four years. This has been typified by Home Instead acting successfully as an intermediary in my dealings with the HSE. The Home Instead carers I have are both Irish and non nationals and they have taken care of all my needs with both efficiency and sensitivity. The staff in the Ballsbridge office have also been unfailingly helpful and friendly.
For the past three years Home instead has given me a generous donation towards my jump in aid of Ataxia Ireland. Although I am now in my sixties, the parachute jump went off successfully. This was due to me placing a great deal of emphasis on both my physical and mental strength and my Home Instead carers play an important role in helping to keep my life stress free.
Thanks again to everyone in the organisation for your continued support, and I know that I will be able to rely on you for further funding when I jump next year!
"Me ready to board the plane before my parachute for Ataxia Ireland"