Pair fi­nally get to make their leap of faith in mem­ory of life­long friend

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

IT was a case of third time lucky for Grace Davies and her gran­daugh­ter Fee­bie Potts when they un­der­took a dar­ing sky dive.

Grace had promised her late life­long friend Kath Lee that she would make a para­chute jump in her mem­ory.

Twice the parachutists were thwarted by bad weather.

They were even in the sky the sec­ond time be­fore rain led to a last minute can­cel­la­tion. But blue skies greeted their re­turn to the para­chute cen­tre near Lan­caster five days later.

Grace and 16-year-old Fee­bie duly com­pleted their jumps from 10,000 feet in tan­dem with in­struc­tors, rais­ing at least £1,000 so far for East Cheshire Hos­pice.

For both it was a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence as Grace hon­oured her pledge to Kath who died in East Cheshire Hos­pice last Oc­to­ber.

Grace, from Wilm­slow, said: “I told Kath I’d make the jump and ful­filled my prom­ise and was de­lighted that Fee­bie vol­un­teered to join me for the chal­lenge.

“The worst mo­ment was just be­fore I jumped when the air­craft door opened and I looked down.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and we’d like to thank ev­ery­one who gen­er­ously spon­sored us, in­clud­ing lo­cal shops on Chapel Lane and Fee­bie’s fel­low pupils and the teach­ers at Wilm­slow High School.”

The hos­pice has raised nearly £10,000 af­ter 15 parachutists took part on their be­half, the rest of the group hav­ing com­pleted their jumps be­fore the weather de­te­ri­o­rated.

Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded Harry Od­uah and Keith Jud­son from Chess Tele­com.

Many are now plan­ning a fur­ther sky dive in aid of the hos­pice.

●● Grace and Fee­bie with their in­struc­tors and (inset) Keith Jud­son from Chess Tele­com in mid-air

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