Teen tum­bles for can­cer re­search

19-year-old raises £3,000 for char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­man

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

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