Skydiving duo boost Cancer Research

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Two teaching assistants from

Mansfield’s Flying High Academy have been raising money for Cancer Research.

Joe Young and Wendy soar took part in a skydive at Langar Airfield Parachute School as part of their fundraising efforts.

Both women did a tandem jump with experts from the parachute school raising money through donations, sponsorship, a non-uniform day and cake sales at the Flying High Academy where they both work.

Joe said: “The reason we chose the Cancer Research charity was down to the fact that a friend at work was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas and is currently undergoing treatment. Thankfully she is doing well.”

So far the pair have raised £1700 and funded the jumps themselves meaning that every penny goes to the charity.

Neither of the women had been involved in anything close to a parachute jump before and the build up to the day had been a nerve wracking experience.

Wendy said, “I would say the build up to the sky dive was mixed. Some moments of sudden fear and some excitement. Doing the jump with Joe made it easier, as we were there for each other.

“I think not knowing what to expect was unnerving but have to say the Langar staff were amazing and really looked after us.

“For us both the support that we had from friends colleagues, parents, pupils and family made the day special.”

The jump happened in front of a sizeable number of supporters and went without a hitch. A message from their work colleague and the lady who prompted Jo and Wendy’s fundraising efforts says, “I feel very touched and proud by the brave support shown by Joe and Wendy, not just for me but for all the ladies going through treatment. I would like to say a very big thank you to them and everyone who is supporting them. Wendy x”

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