Chan takes to the skies for can­cer char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A BRAVE fundraiser strapped her­self to a plane and flew through the sky in mem­ory of her late hus­band.

Bolling­ton res­i­dent Chan Spratt, who is in her 70s, took part in the ter­ri­fy­ing Wing Walk above Breighton in York­shire in aid of the Marie Curie char­ity and in mem­ory of her hus­band Ron.

Marie Curie helps peo­ple liv­ing with any ter­mi­nal ill­ness and their fam­i­lies.

Chan de­cided to sign her­self up for a wing walk to do some­thing crazy and raise at least £5,000 for Marie Curie – which would pay for 250 hours of nurs­ing care to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients across Cheshire.

To date, Chan has re­ceived more than £6,000 in do­na­tions.

Chan, who is a mem­ber of the Mac­cles­field Marie Curie Fundrais­ing Group, would like to thank her fel­low group mem­bers for sup­port­ing her.

She chose to raise funds for Marie Curie af­ter her hus­band of 50 years, Ron, was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia and died in Jan­uary 2014.

She said: “Out of the blue one win­ter evening I re­ceived a phone call from a Marie Curie nurse say­ing I needed a night’s sleep and she would be round at 10pm.

“True to her word she ar­rived at 10pm. I’m not the sort of per­son who could just fall asleep, so be­tween us my hus­band was cared for through the night.

“What was good for me was I could talk about my fears with a per­son who was not con­nected to me but had seen and done so much in her nurs­ing ca­reer. It was a great com­fort.

“Ron passed away peace­fully at home with me be­side him.”

Jes­sica Her­ring­ton, com­mu­nity fundraiser in Mac­cles­field, said: “I want to say a mas­sive thanks to Chan for or­gan­is­ing her fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity and to the group for sup­port­ing her.”

Go to just­giv­ing.com/ Chan­sWingWalk/ to do­nate.

●» Jo Fray, Alan Stringer and Wilf Ford – mem­bers of Bolling­ton and Dis­trict Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety – vis­ited Millpool in Bosley. Be­low: Lynne English ad­mir­ing a wind sculp­ture

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