Skydive raises £5,000 for Stamford woman Sue’s hospital ward

Sue Downs, healthcare assistant on the oncology ward at Peterborough City Hospital, presents a cheque for �5,000 to the ward following a skydive. EMN-140312-160742001

Sue Downs, healthcare assistant on the oncology ward at Peterborough City Hospital, presents a cheque for �5,000 to the ward following a skydive. EMN-140312-160742001

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A healthcare assistant with terminal cancer has handed over £5,000 to the ward on which she works after jumping from a plane.

Sue Downs, from Stamford, took part in a skydive with colleagues Terri-Ann Baker, Paul Camilleri, and her friend, Alison Bartlett.

She decided to raise money for the oncology ward at Peterborough City Hospital after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014.

It was Sue’s lifelong dream to take part in a skydive. She said: “It was an absolutely wonderful experience and I wish I could do it all over again.

“I am very grateful for all the support that I have received. Everyone has been so kind and generous and the money is going to have such a positive impact on those being treated in the ward. ”

Sue, of Welland Mews, was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012. She took a course of chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy and 18 months later was given the all-clear.

The former holistic therapist then joined the oncology and haematology ward at Peterborough City Hospital in March. But tragically in July she was told the cancer had returned and could not be treated.

After her second diagnosis Sue decided to start raising money for the ward where she was originally treated and now works.

The skydive took place at Sibson Airfield in August. Speaking before she jumped out of a plane, Sue said: “Being diagnosed with cancer completely turns your world upside down.

“Going for chemotherapy for the first time is a scary place to be.

“It’s an environment you’re not used to with people you don’t know but the staff are amazing. You soon realise you are in safe hands.”

Sue and her team set themselves a target of £3,000, but thanks to generous sponsorship managed to raise £5,000 for the ward.

You can still sponsor her at www.gofundme.com/c3uzjk.

Ward manager Mandy Gray said: “We would like to thank Sue, Terri-Ann, Paul and Alison for their very kind donation.

“We will use the money to buy new chairs for our patients, to ensure they are comfortable during their treatment.”