Two colleagues who have both lost nearest and dearest to deadly cancer have decided to join forces and fight the disease. For this, they are planning a skydive that is aimed to raise as much funds as possible to support the Macmillan Cancer Support organization. Sue Glover, who is 34 years old, and Laura Hulme, 24, have scheduled their jump from an airplane at thousands of feet above ground level despite being absolutely terrified of the upcoming experience.
However, they are not going to allow fear to stand in the way of doing a good deed – raising money for a cancer support charity.
These two young women are both residents of Lowton, a small suburban village in Greater Manchester, U.K. located in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. They work together in Leigh, at a local office of Lewis William Residential Lettings. To make their ambitious dream come true, the young women have already set up a crowdfunding page on JustGiving.com with a target of 1000 pounds. If they manage to raise this sum of money, they will go for the ultimate leap of faith together – a skydive which is scheduled for Sunday, 3 September 2017.
The British women ordered their jump from Skydive Northwest, in Grange-over-Sands, on the shore of Morecambe Bay. The company has over 40 years of experience and offers different services targeted at experienced skydivers and those new to the sport. One of the options is a charity skydive, where the customer agrees to raise at least 395 pounds in sponsorship. A portion of these funds can be used to cover the cost of the experience.
The company requires a non-refundable deposit of 50 pounds for a booking, plus 180 pounds payment to Skydive Northwest for the jump from the sponsor money (paid directly on the day once the skydiver arrives at the dropzone), and a minimum 165 pound contribution to the chosen charity. This is the sponsorship option. There is an alternative offered by Skydive Northwest, which is the Self Fund method. In this option, the customer only has to make a payment for the skydive from their own budget, and they get to send all the money they raise on top of this to the selected charity organization. This method has no minimum contribution, but the women set their own target at 1000 pounds. This is twice as much as Laura and Sue have raised by a reverse bungee jump in 2013.
They used the money from that daredevil challenge to help The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
Sue Glover, who is a mother of a one-year-old daughter Ellen, admitted that the idea of skydiving seems terrifying to her, but she said it was a mutual decision she made with Laura that this time around. They wanted to go for something more challenging than the reverse bungee jump for such an important cause. She added that an extreme challenge like that might contribute to raising a larger amount for Macmillan Cancer Support. She and her colleague were not swayed one bit by other people, such as the landlords and tenants they deal with at work who said that they thought the women were crazy to go for such an experience.
While the idea of it terrified many, they still supported the young ladies’ crowdfunding project.
There were other opinions in favor of this bold decision, too. For example, Sue’s dad acknowledge that the women were extremely brave to sign up for a skydive and he thought it was an excellent way to raise money for charity. Laura’s mother, however, was not as supportive. She said her daughter must be a nutter if she was really going for a skydive. Ms. Hulme, a Lowton Church of England High School pupil, did not think she would ever try that extreme sport either. Still, she is quite excited about the idea and she says her customers at Lewis William Residential Lettings have supported the crowdfunding project quite a bit.
The two women both have experienced losing someone to cancer.
Sue’s mom died after a brief battle with this disease found in her lungs back in 2012. In Laura’s family, her grandfathers on both the mother’s and father’s side, Charles and Frank, died from oesophageal cancer in 2004 and 1997 respectively. Ms. Hulme was too young to remember how the first granddad dealt with the disease, but she is still very grateful for the comprehensive care provided to the second one by home service nurses. The staff of Macmillan Cancer Support has been quite attentive not only to the patient, but also to the family suffering the loss, especially to Laura’s grandmother, the wife of the deceased.
These experiences were major factors in the women’s brave decision to skydive for this cancer charity.