Spilsby sports coach’s sky dive plans for charity

Max Ward, head coach of The Bears Coaching, is set to to take on a 15,000ft sky dive for Pilgilm Hospital's children's ward. He is pictured here with children at a recent Bears Coaching summer holiday camp.
Max Ward, head coach of The Bears Coaching, is set to to take on a 15,000ft sky dive for Pilgilm Hospital's children's ward. He is pictured here with children at a recent Bears Coaching summer holiday camp.

A children’s sports coach operating in Spilsby is about to take a dive ... a 15,000ft sky dive to raise funds for hospital equipment.

Max Ward, 22, head coach at The Bears Coaching, is taking on the 2.4-mile-high challenge in support of the children’s ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

He is hoping to raise £800 so the ward can buy two apnea alarms.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. Alarms are used to signal when a baby has stopped breathing.

Max, of New Bolingbroke, is set to complete the sky dive on Wednesday at what he notes is the highest dive height allowed in the UK (without oxygen).

“Having never done anything like this before to go straight in for the highest possible height is pretty crazy,” he said.

Max founded The Bears Coaching last year. It is a multi-sports coaching company for children of ages three-16.

Based in Boston, it has recently expanded into Spilsby and will be holding a summer holiday camp at King Edwards VI Academy next week.

Max spoke of what attracted him to his chosen cause.

He said: “I knew that I wanted to help the children of this community and at The Bears Coaching we already do things to keep children active and healthy. So I rang the children’s ward at The Pilgrim to find out if there was anything I could buy for them to either help save lives or improve their quality of care.

“The ward sister was absolutely lovely and told me they needed apnea alarms. After doing some research myself I could see that this was a very worthwhile cause.”

To donate, email Max at info@thebearscoaching.co.uk with the amount you would like to donate.

Alternatively, visit his GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/24jz5rxk