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Reporter’s triple challenges support hospice appeal

A weekly newspaper reporter is taking on a triple challenge to raise funds towards a proposed new hospice for terminally-ill children.

Inderdeep Bains, from the Slough and Royal Borough Observer, will carry out a skydive, a 50-mile bike ride and a 125m abseil in the coming months to support the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

The charity supports more than 20 terminally-ill children and their families and is working towards building the first hospice for youngsters in Berkshire.

Inderdeep’s charity challenges come after she raised funds to support the Haiti earthquake appeal by offering readers the chance to win a Valentine’s date with her, raising £500 in the process.

She said: “After writing about the fantastic fundraising efforts of local people who support Alexander Devine, I thought it was about time I joined in.

“I’m looking forward to the cycle ride, but I have to admit, the thought of the skydive and abseil fills me with trepidation!”

Her first of the challenges is a tandem skydive on 27 March at Bicester Airfield in Oxfordshire, which will be followed by a 50-mile cycle ride from Richmond to Windsor on 29 May.

Inderdeep will complete her charity efforts in October by abseiling the Blade – the tallest building in Reading.

To sponsor her, visit