BARNSLEY Hospital’s chief executive will take to the skies next week for a 15,000 feet leap of faith.

Dr Richard Jenkins will take part in his first skydive in aid of Barnsley Hospital Charity and Rotherham Hospital, where he doubles up as its chief.

A consultant specialising in diabetes and endocrinology, Dr Jenkins has set a target to raise £1,000 from Thursday’s jump, which will take place in Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire.

He said: “Both charities are very close to my heart.

“We have all been through one of the most difficult periods in the NHS with the Covid pandemic and, although I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and fear about the skydive, I know it will be well worth it because all funds raised for our charities really do make a difference for Barnsley and Rotherham patients and staff.

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“Over the last two years, our charities have helped fund a huge range of much-needed support for staff and patients, including thank you packs, sweets and treats, complementary therapies, and even a new wellbeing garden.

“I’d like to say thank you to the communities who continue to donate and raise funds so generously even through difficult times.”