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Sarah’s Story: Taking to the skies in memory of Emma

Sarah shares the story of her sister, Emma, and why her family are braving a skydive for Hospiscare

“Emma lived in Tiverton with her husband, two children and two doggies. In 2018, Emma was diagnosed with bowel cancer, resulting in almost four years of treatment and two operations. Following this, she went into Hospiscare’s Searle House in Exeter for two weeks in February 2022, before returning to our parents’ home.”

“The Hospiscare staff were amazing. Emma was well looked after by the doctors and nurses, they were so understanding, caring and compassionate to Emma and the whole family.”

“After nearly four years of treatment and two major operations she lost her battle on 23 March 2022. She was cruelly taken from her family and friends’ way too early at the age of 48.”

“Emma loved life, holidays and spending time with her family and friends. She lit up every room with her smile, her laugh and her kind heart. She made everyone feel special and was loved by everyone; we all miss her so much.”


“Me, my husband Tim, and our children Josh (17), and Ruby (16) are doing a charity tandem skydive to raise money in Emma’s memory. We’re paying for the skydives ourselves and would like to raise money for Hospiscare as a thank you for the amazing care given to Emma.”

The Rolinson family, left to right, Sarah, Josh, Tim and Ruby

“We love going on the big rollercoasters at theme parks, but we’ve never done anything this scary! Emma wasn’t a fan of heights, so I’m sure she’d think we’re brave doing this. Jumping from a plane at 15,000 feet will be terrifying and exhilarating, but it will give us the chance to be in the sky, closer to Emma, for her 50th birthday and raise money for a very worthy charity at the same time.”

The Rolinson family will be taking to the skies on 23 June 2023 for their tandem skydive at Dunkeswell and have already exceeded their £500 fundraising goal, raising an incredible £1600 and counting for Hospiscare.

If you would like to make a donation in Emma’s memory or towards the Rolinson’s fundraising efforts, please click here.