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Colsterworth woman skydives at Sibson Airfield to help Cancer Research UK in honour of her mum

A woman from Colsterworth skydived on Sunday last week to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Sam Bill jumped out of a plane at about 6pm from Sibson Airfield to raise money in honour of her mother, Helen, who is terminally ill with cancer.

Sam’s first jump, originally due to take place on Saturday, August 8, was postponed because of strong winds.

Sam was supported by mother Helen and father Steve
Sam was supported by mother Helen and father Steve

Helen and husband Steve, who are both volunteers for Grantham Police, joined an “extremely nervous” Sam at the airfield to support her.

Sam said: “They finally managed to get me up to jump about 6pm Sunday. I can safely say I will never ever do that again!

“Mum managed to come which was amazing. I am doing a 300-mile bike ride fundraiser next; much more leisurely.”

Sam during her skydive at Sibson airfield
Sam during her skydive at Sibson airfield

Helen, 67, fell ill with the disease four years ago, but beat it with the support of her family and the dedication of the Cancer Research team.

However, the disease has now returned in a more aggressive form.

Sam describes her mother, who ran her local Neighbourhood Watch group for more than 15 years, as “amazing and heroic”.

She said: “Mum is one of the most caring people I know and has done and still is doing so much for the community.

“She’s one of those people who doesn’t like to say anything that she’s done, but she’s done so much.

“She’s done Neighbourhood Watch for over 15 years and she cares for my dad, who’s disabled.”

So far, Sam’s fundraiser stands at a total of nearly £2,000 raised for Cancer Research UK. To donate visit: fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/sams-giving-page-2505

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