ONE GI­ANT LEAP FOR NAN

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSA DO­HERTY Read the full story and Rosa’s daugh­ter’s blog at thejc.com

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.”

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