ONE GIANT LEAP FOR NAN
Grandmother Rosa Kingston, 84, skydiving to raise money for the hospital treating her terminal cancer
WHEN GREAT grandmother Rosa Kingston was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she didn’t sit back and dwell on the “two months she had left”.
The 84-year-old decided to jump 13,000ft out of a plane to raise money for the hospital that extended her life.
Doctors at the Royal Marsden hospital told her she had only weeks to live in 2013, but their treatment has extended that by two years.
“I can’t thank them enough,” she said, adding of the jump: “It was awesome. I was quite calm going up in the plane. I felt equally calm when we jumped and the free falling bit felt like being in space. But when the parachute went up, my stomach went all over the place.” The pensioner from Bushey, Herts, added: “When I got down to the ground I felt so sick, and eventually I threw up.”
Looking back on her life she said: “I’ve seen great-grandchildren born, and my grandson married. My Jewish spirit made me a fighter.
“It’s what we do when something goes wrong. We get up and fight it, don’t we?
“I used to be such a worrier. I’d worry so much it would make me ill.
“But you know, I’ve got a new mantra now. You can’t worry about what happened yesterday and you don’t know what is going to happen in the future, so you have to live for today.”