1 March 2013
A Health Care Assistant at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford has raised around £1,000 for charity after completing a daring tandem skydive in memory of two relatives.
Miss Victoria Gordon, from Telford, raised a total of £1,047 - double her fundraising target - for Cancer Research UK after taking on the 10,000ft skydive, which began at Tilstock Airfield, near Whitchurch, on 16 February.
The 26-year-old, who has worked on the Acute Medical Unit at PRH for just over three years, completed the jump despite a fear of heights.
She took part in the challenge in memory of her uncle and stepmom, who have both passed away after battling with cancer in the last two years.
Victoria’s uncle Michael Baker, from Telford, passed away aged 57 in August 2011. Her stepmom Beryl Heywood, also from Telford, lost her battle with cancer aged 71 in August last year (2012).
Victoria was flown up to 10,000ft before the tandem jump when she freefell for 25 to 30 seconds, before the parachute was released for the remainder of the skydive.
Victoria had hoped to raise around £500 for the charity but is delighted to have raised so much more for such a worthy cause thanks to the generosity of colleagues, relatives and friends.
She said: “The jump was fast and just as I expected - very scary. I felt like I was falling forever. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I won't be doing again, but I'm glad we raised such a great amount.
“It was a really emotional day and I’d like to thank friends, family and colleagues who were able to join me on the day for their support.
“I’d also like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everybody who sponsored me and helped to raise a fantastic amount for such a worthy cause.”