Brother and sister Jessica and Joseph Hearnden, from Northfield have raised almost £2,500 by completing a 10,000ft skydive.
University of Coventry fashion student Jess, 20, decided to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign with her 23-year-old brother Joseph, who is studying Product Design at Nottingham Trent University, after their mother, Karen, was diagnosed with breast cancer last August.
Karen completed her chemotherapy treatment two weeks ago and, for Jess and Joseph, jumping out of a plane was a fitting way to celebrate the end of their mother’s treatment. The proud mother joined her children at Langar Airfield in Nottingham to cheer them on with a group of friends and family.
Jess said: “Joe and I decided together we would love to do something for breast cancer research. We support charities regularly but we wanted to do more. We are both very determined and motivated, so as soon as we decided last November we immediately started fundraising. We have constantly been advertising it and getting people to donate as much as possible, everyone has been so generous and we are so grateful!”
Daring Jess and Joe had their nerves tested by the 10,000ft drop but breath-taking views helped the fearless students on their way. Jess, who is challenging thrill seekers from across the Midlands to emulate her and raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign, says: “I’ve never done anything as exciting (and terrifying!) as a skydive! The view was overwhelming and the jump was an experience I will never forget. We’re so proud of our mum, who is the brave one, and by doing this we’re doing what we can to help everybody who has been touched by breast cancer.”
Breast Cancer Campaign currently funds six projects in the Midlands worth a combined £1,047,264. Kelly Walton, Events Executive, says: “A skydive is an exciting way to fundraise for Breast Cancer Campaign, and I would encourage anybody looking for a thrill to sign up and take part. Skydiving is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a great day and take in bird’s eye views of the local area, safe in the knowledge that they’ll also be helping us to fund innovative breast cancer research.”
Jess added: “We’re so pleased with our fundraising total, so far, and we’re determined to keep going and raise even more.”
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For more information about Breast Cancer Campaign’s skydive programme, please call 0207 749 4114 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org