Nurse’s leap of faith

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

AN East Cheshire nurse is pre­par­ing to tackle her ul­ti­mate chal­lenge from 14,000 feet in one of the world’s most beau­ti­ful tourist lo­ca­tions.

Mar­garet Black, 54, is fac­ing her sky­dive ad­ven­ture on Fri­day (March 31) over the crys­tal clear wa­ters and sparkling white sands of the Great Bar­rier Reef in Aus­tralia in a bid to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice.

“I’m very ex­cited about the jump de­spite the fact I don’t like heights,” said Mar­garet.

“I wanted to get out of my com­fort zone and this will cer­tainly push me to the lim­its.

“And it’s all for a great cause – East Cheshire Hospice is an amaz­ing place that pro­vides won­der­ful care and sup­port to peo­ple liv­ing and cop­ing with all life lim­it­ing ill­nesses,” she added.

Mar­garet, who is a staff nurse at the hospice, admits she will have some fears in the plane and is glad that she will be in the com­pany of her 27-yearold son, Robert, and son-in-law, David Fur­ness, who are also tak­ing the jump.

Mar­garet will jump in tan­dem with a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor and will freefall for 30 sec­onds be­fore the para­chute opens al­low­ing her an­other five or six min­utes to float un­der the canopy and en­joy the views. The fam­ily de­cided to do the jump, in what is de­scribed as ‘Aus­tralia’s most beau­ti­ful drop zone’, while on hol­i­day in the coun­try to mark the start of her hus­band’s re­tire­ment.

“Our plan was to visit Bris­bane where my son has been liv­ing for the past two years but we de­cided to turn the hol­i­day into an ad­ven­ture and make the jour­ney up to Air­lie Beach in Queens­land for the sky­dive as well,” said Mar­garet.

The trio are hop­ing to raise £2,000 for the hospice via their fundrais­ing site - find it at https://www.justgiv­ing. com/fundrais­ing/ mk­black.

East Cheshire Hospice staff nurse, Mar­garet Black, with her sky­div­ing com­pan­ions – her son, Robert and son-in-law David Fur­ness (right)

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