Leap of faith raises £2k in mem­ory of cher­ished mum

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

AFAMILY of fundrais­ers have raised more than £2,000 af­ter jump­ing out of a plane in mem­ory of a loved one.

Char­lotte Thorn­ton, her mum Denise Davies, brother Jamie Davies and un­cle Pa­trick Card took part in a char­ity sky dive in mem­ory of Char­lotte’s 39-year-old cousin Michelle Card, who died as a re­sult of pan­cre­atic cancer last year.

Char­lotte, of Grisedale Way in Mac­cles­field, said they came up with the idea to raise money for Pan­cre­atic Cancer re­search af­ter los­ing Char­lotte to the dis­ease.

She said: “We got a Pan­cre­atic news­let­ter and it just made us think about ev­ery­thing they do and it’s all through do­na­tions. We just thought we should do some­thing. It was my un­cle – Michelle’s dad – who came up with the idea to jump out of a plane, so we all just went with it.”

Char­lotte, who is a pro­gramme leader in con­struc­tion and mo­tor ve­hi­cle at Mac­cles­field Col­lege and also mum to Louis, 14, said: “My un­cle came down and said we’d never cope, but my mum and I went up to­gether and we loved it.”

She added: “I’m scared of heights. I was pan­ick­ing as we were go­ing up – sit­ting on the floor is very dif­fer­ent to go­ing on hol­i­day on a com­mer­cial plane. It was scary when I got the tap to say it was my turn, but we were at the point of no re­turn by then.”

She added: “It was amaz­ing. The free falling was ace. It was such a proud mo­ment when we were all on the ground again and think­ing about our Michelle and do­ing it for her.”

Michelle, from Der­byshire and who was mum to Ava, four, and Pheonix, two, died in May last year.

The fam­ily are now on a mis­sion to raise more money for the char­ity, which funds re­search into the dis­ease.

Char­lotte added: “There isn’t a cure for pan­cre­atic cancer, it’s just a case of ex­tend­ing your life. Any­thing we can con­trib­ute to­wards their re­search is a help.”

To spon­sor Char­lotte and her fam­ily go to just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/ michel­le­card­mem­ory.

Char­lotte Thorn­ton, Jamie Davies, Pa­trick Card and Denise Davies ready for their para­chute jump

Michelle Card lost her life to pan­cre­atic cancer in May last year, aged 39

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