Woodhouse gran’s sky dive charity appeal

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A WOMAN from Mansfield Woodhouse whose grandson is recovering from lymphoma is appealing for sponsors to help boost funds further following her son’s charity skydive.

Twelve year old Benjamin Pinnick was first diagnosed with blood cancer two weeks before he turned 10, which devastated his family.

But now, with the brave youngster in remission, his family is hoping to give something back and raise money for Lymphoma Research.

“Ben is a lovely lad who has been very brave throughout all his treatment,” said Christine Pinnick, of Worcester Avenue. “He’s been very bewildered by it all and it’s been a difficult time for the family, but he is now getting better and his scans are clear showing he is in recovery.

“His dad wanted to raise money for research into the cancer as a way of helping others and decided on a skydive. We just want to give them as much support as possible.”

Ben and his family now live in Lincoln as dad Martin works at the city university. It is Martin who took to the skies on Saturday 1st September at Brigg near Scunthorpe for the 15,000ft tandem jump.

“Our world fell apart when Ben was diagnosed,” explained Martin “I used to think cancer was something that happened to old people, but seeing the number of children in hospital receiving chemotherapy, watching their hair fall out, being sick; it’s heartbreaking.”

Martin has already collected £1,600 for the charity but is hoping the final total will be more. To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/martin-pinnick