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