Powerboating Champion, Shelley Jory Leigh helps make a final wish come true

“WhenIMG_4141 I was asked to take out terminally ill Zoe Spencer, a patient of Countess Mountbatten Hospice, I accepted willingly but with trepidation.  Little did I think that when the day came – I would be buying hot chocolate for Zoe and her nurses in Cowes!”  Shelley Jory-Leigh


This is how the story unfolded

I was asked by Dr Sarah De Vos if we could help to fulfil a terminal patients wish, to be taken out on a power boat.  I immediately called long time friend, Shelley Jory-Leigh, who is an International Powerboating Champion and also one of Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity’s Ambassadors.

Shelley said yes, without hesitation.  She has returned to her racing career so was able to use her connections and acquired a Scorpion Rib and with the help of Jake Bishop, and the day was set.

Shelley arrived with armfuls of waterproofs for Zoe and her friend as well as two of her nurses (Kirstin and Anija), who made sure she would be well cared for.  With a little help Zoe was given a seat next to Jake with the nurses behind.  The day had started out sunny, but there were a few showers that started as she took to the water.  Nothing dented her spirit – and she had the most incredible ride, which culminated on a stop at Cowes for hot chocolate.

Zoe said “I thought it would be one of the big Princess or Sunseeker yachts but I love speed and had  Norton motorcycles – the Rib was amazing.  I will be smiling for days and feel so exhilarated – I can’t believe that people went to such lengths to make my wish come true’.

When asked if there was anything else on her bucket list, she was still smiling and she said ‘I wouldn’t mind a trip in a helicopter’!

Zoe sadly lost her battle a month later, but we are so pleased that we were able to help her to make her wish come true.

Pam Bates, Fundraising & PR Manager

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