A cancer survivor took to the skies to raise money for a North-east children’s charity.
Shelagh Reid, 59 of Drumoak, braved a skydive, plunging from 10,000 feet, to raise nearly £2,000 for Charlie House.
The charity supports North-east children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
But Shelagh revealed the “terrifying” skydive did not go without a hitch – with her leg getting caught on something as she jumped out of the plane.
Violin teacher Shelagh has already raised £35,000 for cancer charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, which aided her through her fight.
But this is the first time she has looked to aid a children’s charity.
On her decision to raise cash for Charlie House, Shelagh said: “I’ve been an educator all my life, and I haven’t had any kids of my own, so my pupils have really become like my family.”
She added she had been moved by the experiences of some of her pupils, saying: “One child in particular had stomach cancer, the same as mine.
“Thankfully, they caught it in time, they’re back at school and they’re a great child. But that’s what brought it home for me that we really need more for children in the North-east.”
Shelagh, who is now cancer free, said of the jump: “I was absolutely terrified, but it was fine once we got out of the plane.
“My leg got caught on something as I was jumping out, then the instructor managed to get my leg free and away we went.
“It wasn’t the most elegant of jumps, I have to say.
“Some of the things that I said on the way out definitely wouldn’t be printable!”
She also endeavoured to dispel a rumour, saying: “I can absolutely confirm that, even when you don’t have a stomach, you definitely still get that lurching feeling when you’re doing something like this.”
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Source:: Evening Express – All articles