Fund-raisers take plunge to help hospice

James Coop, Dawn Cheetham and Thomas Bold
James Coop, Dawn Cheetham and Thomas Bold

Brave skydivers took the plunge from thousands of feet above Lancashire to raise thousands of pounds for a leading local charity.

A total of 14 daredevils from the borough kept their nerve and leapt from a plane to help Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).

Many of the fund-raisers wanted to help the Hindley-based charity as it had looked after relatives and friends.

Their bravery once again looks set to bring in thousands of pounds to help fund WLH’s work caring for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Brothers James Coop and Thomas Bold took the plunge as their mum Dawn Cheetham is currently under the hospice’s care and have raised almost £1,000 between them.

Friends Neil Shufflebotham and Colin Kilbride raised £870 and Pauline Matthews, who marked turning 40 and paid tribute to her mum, hopes to reach £500.

WLH community fund-raiser Christine Edwardson said: “A skydive is such an exhilarating experience. It’s hard to put into words how amazing it is to take that leap. All of our skydivers did fantastically well and I’m sure it’s a day they will never forget.

“They have also worked extremely hard to raise thousands of pounds for the hospice which makes a huge difference.”

The next WLH skydive is on Saturday, September 9. Ring 01942 525566 to book a place.