Fundraisers take to the skies in Lauryn’s name

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A group of 19 people from Bourne are taking their fundraising to new heights tomorrow when they skydive to help a leukaemia charity.

A group of 22 people from Bourne and further afield will be skydiving from Chatteris Airfield in March in aid of Team Lauryn to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Lauryn Atkinson, a pupil at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008 when she was just five. During her treatment, Lauryn and her family were given support, help and advice by the charity.

Lauryn has now finished treatment and leads a relatively normal life. Since their life-changing experience, Lauryn’s family have raised more than £10,000.

Lauryn’s mum Claire Lees, 31, from Bourne, said: “I am absolutely scared stiff of heights so I am completely overwhelmed with the response and in awe of these people. People are getting over their own fears and doing it for Lauryn.

“It has escalated from just a couple of people wanting to do it to more than 20 people. There has been a massive response to it.

“Lauryn wants to do the jump herself but she is only nine. She is a right daredevil.

“This event is even more special as we are dedicating it to a Peterborough teenager, Adam Green, who went through treatment with Lauryn, but sadly lost his fight with leukaemia earlier this year. His family are expected to attend the skydive on Saturday.”

People are encouraged to go along to the airfield for about 9am and support the jumpers at a day of events, including a bouncy castle, disco, BBQ, face painter and raffle. Donate at www.justgiving.com/Claire-atkinson82