Teen tumbles for cancer research
19-year-old raises £3,000 for charity
A TEENAGER and her aunt completed a charity skydive to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Katie Lovell, 19, from Ruislip, jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft with aunt Caroline Rooke who has recently beaten the disease and raised more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.
They were joined at the GoSkydive dropzone in Salisbury on Saturday, October 25, by Miss Rooke’s sister Tracey and friends Adam Stoneham and Roland Hatcher.
Miss Lovell, of Whitebutts Road, said she enjoyed the experience.
The former Northwood School pupil added: “It was very, very scary but absolutely brilliant.
“All sorts was running through my mind when I was up there.
“When they opened the door I thought, ‘Oh God. I’m actually going down there’. It was terrifying.”
However, Miss Rooke, 42, said she could not wait to repeat the feat.
“It was brilliant – really, really good and all for a good cause,” she said. “I’d do it again tomorrow.
“It was scary because I didn’t know what to expect, but now I do I’d do it again. “I must be mad.” Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Nearly 50,000 women were diagnosed with it in 2011.
Miss Rooke, from West Sussex, was diagnosed in October 2013 and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
She beat the disease but will have to undergo annual checks.
She said: “Three years ago I had Hodgkin’s and then last year I had breast cancer, but I’ve pulled through it.
“I’m one of the lucky ones so I’ve raised money so others can be as lucky as me.”
Visit www.justgiving. com/Katie-Lovell2014 or w w w. j u s t g i v i n g . c o m / Caroline-Rooke2014 to donate.
Go to www.getwest london.co.uk and search ‘Katie Lovell’ for more pictures from the day.
n OVERJOYED: Katie Lovell celebrates making a safe landing