Skydives will aid good causes

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THREE people will be plunging to earth in the name of charity.

Sarah King, of Allen Close, Deeping St James, and her colleague Gavin Mills, who lives in Peterborough, will be jumping a plane in aid of Coppers for Cancer.

Coppers for Cancer is a fundraising initiative, which was founded by Sue Spires, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, in a bid to make a big difference with a small amount of money.

Money raised through the initiative is donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Sue’s daughter Becky, who died in 2008 aged 18.

Sarah and Gavin work with Sue’s daughter Natalie Spires at Bauer Media in Peterborough.

Sarah, 24, said: “Natalie has done so well to raise the awareness of Coppers for Cancer at our work and we are really keen to support her, as the cause is so worthy.

“It is a charity very close to us and we couldn’t think of a better place for the money we raise to go to. Although we are both nervous, as we are both new to this, the excitement is exceeding the nerves! ”

Sarah and Gavin are hoping to raise at least £1,000. Their skydive will be on September 9 at Sibson Airfield, near Wansford.

The day before, Hannah Darby, a co-owner of Cafe Black in High Street, Stamford, will be taking part in a sponsored skydive in Reading.

Hannah is hoping to raise money for a homeless charity called Shelter from the Storm based in Islington, London, which she used to volunteer for before relocating to Stamford.

She is hoping to raise £500. To help there is a collection box at the cafe or visit

On Thursday last week, Helen Hibbitt, 31, of Lyndon Way, Stamford, had her chance to skydive at Sibson Airfield. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis six years ago and was hoping to raise awareness of the condition and funds for the Swindon Therapy Centre for MS.

Helen, a former police community support officer, said: “It was an absolutely amazing experience. I felt really calm and during the freefall, it just feels like you’re floating.

“I would definitely do it again.”
Helen, who has raised about £400, said her family including husband Wayne and children Alfie, 11, Freddy, eight, and Poppy, two, loved watching her.