Brave Greg ready to make the jump

Greg Lane of Aspull set to do a sponsored skydive in memory of his grandparents Ken and Margaret Hampson
Greg Lane of Aspull set to do a sponsored skydive in memory of his grandparents Ken and Margaret Hampson
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A YOUNG Aspull man is completing a once-in-a-lifetime challenge in memory of his beloved grandparents.

Greg Lane is preparing to undergo a skydive to raise money for a cause close to his heart, Cancer Research.

He chose this after his nan and grandad, Margaret and Ken Hampson, died within months of each other aged 75.

The 27-year-old has already raised more than £3,000 in sponsorship money for the parachute jump which will take place on Sunday: Margaret’s birthday.

Greg said: “I am so nervous about the skydive I have to admit, but it will definitely be an experience and a part of me can’t wait.

“I’ve always fancied doing something different like a skydive whenever I have seen it on TV and I thought ‘what better than to do it for my grandma and grandad?’

“Ever since they passed away I have been determined to raise money in their memory and what a more perfect opportunity than this, doing something I love for the people I love.

“I wanted to raise awareness and help to find a cure for cancer as it affects so many people and can ruin lives.”

Diagnosed in August 2012 with bowel cancer, Margaret continued to care for her husband, Ken, who suffered from pulminary fibrosis, a rare lung condition.

Ken lost his life in January 2013 and Margaret battled with the disease until October last year when she too passed away.

Greg said: “My grandad was an absolute legend. They were both truly wonderful grandparents who helped me in my upbringing as well as my brother Dean and my two cousins, Eilish and Imogen.

“I wanted to keep their memory alive but was nervous about doing it alone. So my girlfriend’s brother Alex volunteered to do the task with me.”

Greg has received countless messages of support from his family, friends and work colleagues who donated more than £1,000 as a result of his dedication to the company.

He added: “I hope I’ve done my mum Julie Lane and auntie Kay Murray proud. I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole journey of raising money for a great cause and it really does show how many people jump on board to support a vital cause.”

And the fund-raising seems to run in the family. Greg’s brother, Dean, has also produced two records which he wrote and sang in dedication to his grandparents.

For each one of the singles, ‘Flowers’ and ‘Now then’, to be sold a £1 will be donated to Cancer Research.

To donate to Greg’s cause visit http://www.bmycharity.com/hampson. To view Dean Lane’s song visit http://dean-o.bandcamp.com/track/now-then-a-grandfathers-greeting