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Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

CHESHIRE grand­mother is pre­par­ing to tackle her ul­ti­mate chal­lenge from 10,000 feet – all in the name of friend­ship.

Grace Davies, from Wilm­slow, is fac­ing a freefall and parachute adventure in aid of East Cheshire Hospice, as a trib­ute to her life­long friend, Kath Lee, who died last Oc­to­ber.

Grace and Kath, from Con­gle­ton, were friends for more than 60 years through child­hood, school and mar­ried days.

When her friend be­came ill, Grace vis­ited her of­ten at the Macclesfield hospice, and it was on one of those oc­ca­sions she heard about the fundrais­ing chal­lenge.

“My friend just said ‘go for it’ so that’s what I’m do­ing,” said Grace.

“I’ve never at­tempted any­thing like this be­fore but I’m ex­cited.”

Grace will jump in tan­dem with a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor and freefall for 30 sec­onds be­fore the parachute opens.

“I don’t know why, but the thought of do­ing it doesn’t frighten me. I’m sure it will be ex­hil­a­rat­ing,” she said.

Grace will share the skies with her 16-year-old grand­daugh­ter Fee­bie Potts who is also tak­ing part in the jump.

“When I told her I was do­ing it, she was ea­ger to sign up as well,” said Grace.

“We’re both re­ally look­ing for­ward to ful­fill­ing my prom­ise to my friend and rais­ing money for the ex­cel­lent work of the hospice.”

The Sky­dive Day on July 11 takes place at the Black Knights Parachute Cen­tre near Lan­caster and is one of the high­lights of the fundrais­ing year for the hospice.

Places are limited – to se­cure a space, email events@echos­pice.org.uk.

A £50 en­try fee is re­quired and the min­i­mum spon­sor­ship needed is £350.

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