Woman in Treetops t-shirt on tandem parachute jump

Take on a Treetops charity challenge to help tackle Blue Monday and raise vital funds to support local patients and families.

Blue Monday is known as the most depressing day of the year and associated with feelings of sadness and lack of energy.
Supporting a worthwhile cause can be a wonderful way to counter these feelings. Claire Mathias, Treetops Relationships Manager – Challenges, explained more:
“Whilst there’s no science behind Blue Monday, every year it falls at a time when daylight hours are short, the weather is usually poor, and Christmas festivities are a dim and distant memory.

Challenge yourself for Treetops - and feel great!

Doing something positive for charity can make you feel good about yourself. It can give you a purpose, and help you connect with other people, especially at a time when you might be feeling low.
“Last year, over 100 people completed challenges and raised money for the hospice. We’re incredibly grateful for their support.
"We have lots of challenges that people can tackle over the coming year including parachute jumps, wing walks, bike rides, treks, and more!

Parachute jumping for Treetops

Last September, Treetops Wellbeing at Home nurse, Kate Kells, completed a parachute jump from 14,000 feet.
Kate, from Ilkeston, did the parachute jump to celebrate her 50th birthday. She described the experience as ‘the most amazing thing I’ve ever done’:
Treetops Hospice nurse in uniform smiling and giving a thumbs up
I was a bit nervous beforehand but very excited and I was so pleased I did it. The views as I glided down were amazing, as was the feeling of floating down. I’d encourage anyone else to give it a go. It was the perfect adventure!
Kate raised over £850 for Treetops where she helps care for thirty local patients with a terminal diagnosis each week.

Supporting local patients in their own homes

“Treetops is a charity, and we need to raise over £4million a year to keep providing our care. I want to help ensure that we can continue offering our care for people in the future.
Many of the patients I visit are simply too poorly to go out much, so they can feel isolated. We want to help them live a quality life for as long as they can, so we take our care direct to them at home.
“As well as a good natter, we might listen to music or look at photos to reminisce, play games such as cards or dominoes. Our visits also mean family members and carers of patients can have valuable respite time.”