Jump for charity

Brave fundraiser

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Ste­fanie Mccourt

A Hamil­ton woman is pre­par­ing to take the ul­ti­mate leap of faith for charity – by jump­ing from a plane at 15,000ft.

Danielle Gee is hop­ing to raise funds for Age UK, which of­fers a range of sup­port and ser­vices to older peo­ple.

The 25-year-old will take part in a sky­dive at the Black Knights Para­chute Cen­tre in Lan­caster on June 2, after be­ing in­spired into ac­tion by her grand­par­ents.

She said: “The sky­dive is on be­half of Age UK and is some­thing I’ve always wanted to do.

“I have always been lucky enough to have grand­par­ents in my life and I think as I’ve grown older I’ve learnt to ap­pre­ci­ate them a lot more.

“I was ex­tremely lucky that when mum and dad were working, I had two sets of the most car­ing grand­par­ents to look after me.

“As a child, I never ap­pre­ci­ated the job of a grand­mother and grand­fa­ther. To me they were just the peo­ple who let you have fun and al­lowed you to stuff your face!

“But as I’ve grown older I’ve learnt to ap­pre­ci­ate my grand­par­ents and the older gen­er­a­tion so much more.

“I of­ten sit and think about those who have no fam­ily, those who sit in care homes day in day out, watch­ing oth­ers get reg­u­lar vis­its from loved ones and I pray that it doesn’t hap­pen to me.

“I know not ev­ery­one in the world is lucky enough to have had a close bond with their grand­par­ents, and some of the older gen­er­a­tion may not have ex­pe­ri­enced the op­por­tu­nity of their own lov­ing chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

She added: “I will com­plete a charity sky­dive for Age UK be­cause as I get older and I see my grand­par­ents and par­ents get­ting older, I want to be sure that there is sup­port in place if and when they need it.

“Also, I want to know that when I am old and grey, there is peo­ple out there to help sup­port me too.”

To spon­sor Danielle, visit www. just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/ dgee-sky­dive

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