Ful­fill­ing a vow in mem­ory of Dad

Step-daugh­ter waited three years to sky­dive

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TEENAGER re­alised a long-held dream when she leapt out of a plane for a hos­pice in mem­ory of her step-dad.

Me­gan Hart, 16, from Mount Nu­gent, Che­sham, had al­ways wanted to sky­dive for the Hos­pice of St Fran­cis, ever since it cared for her step­fa­ther Dave Hart, who died there in Fe­bru­ary 2013, aged 42, af­ter a short bat­tle with can­cer.

Me­gan was 13 at the time, three years younger than the min­i­mum age re­quired for the dar­ing tan­dem jump, but as soon as she turned 16 in Fe­bru­ary, she signed up for the chal­lenge and four months later, she was tak­ing to the skies.

Me­gan said: “When Dad was in the in­pa­tient

HE­ROES: Team Hart: Ella Mud­di­man, Ben Wood­bridge, Me­gan and Craig Swann unit at the hos­pice, he saw a leaflet about the sky­dive and said how much he would have loved to have done it him­self.

“Be­cause I



MEM­ORY: Me­gan pic­tured with her step­dad when she was 13 young, I de­cided to do an ab­seil in­stead, which raised £8,500, but I vowed there and then that as soon as I was old enough, I’d do a sky­dive for Dad and I’m so pleased I did.”

The brave Ash­lyns School pupil jumped from 13,000 feet with her cousins Ella Mud­di­man, 17, and Ben Wood­bridge, 21, from West View, Che­sham and one of Ben’s univer­sity friends, Craig Swann, 21.

In a touch­ing ges­ture, and be­cause Me­gan did not have any se­cure pock­ets of her own, Ella jumped with a photo of Dave, who was a re­tained fire­fighter at Che­sham firesta­tion, in her jeans pocket so that, ef­fec­tively, he was jump­ing with them.

Me­gan said: “It was so great to have Dad with us and the most amaz­ing thing I’ve ever done.”

So far, Team Hart has raised £1,820, smash­ing Me­gan’s ini­tial £1,000 tar­get through Just Giv­ing and since Dave died, the team has done var­i­ous spon­sored events for the hos­pice, in­clud­ing the ab­seil, three Dave the Rave dis­cos and the hos­pice’s Mid­night Walk, rais­ing nearly £12,000.

To spon­sor Team Hart, visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ teamhart2. The hos­pice’s next skydiving day is in March. For de­tails, visit www.stfran­cis.org.uk or for an ap­pli­ca­tion form, email fundrais­ing@stfran cis.org.uk or call 01442 869 555.

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