Mercy Hospice in Auckland took a leap of faith of sorts in a fundraising venture this year.

The Leap for Life group and support crew.

It involved recruiting 20 brave people to “leap for life” off the Auckland Harbour Bridge with AJ Hackett Bungy.

Hospice spokesperson Lucy Humphreys said that these courageous New Zealanders sought sponsorship from friends, family, school mates and work colleagues and in the end raised more than $17,500, for which the hospice is very grateful.

The event exceeded all expectations and AJ Hackett Bungy could not have been more amazing to work with, Ms Humphreys said.

They bungy jumped off the harbour bridge

“The team was wonderful and without their support, the campaign would not have happened.”

“The Leap for Life team was made up of Mercy staff including doctors, nurses, our pharmacist and one of our educators as well as members of the public who support Mercy Hospice or have a close affiliation to us, such as Rosie and Hannah Piper who lost husband and dad Nick 3 years ago in Mercy.

Rosie and Hannah Piper on the bridge.

“Hannah was our youngest jumper at 11 years old, a feat of which her father would have been very proud.”

Ms Humphreys added: “We are all very excited to continue this campaign and 2019 will be bigger and better with a talk of a skydive . . . .”

Mercy Hospice provides specialist palliative care to people living with life limiting illnesses as well as support to their families and friends. Hospice Awareness Week was from May 14-20.

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