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Bromsgrove woman takes part in charity skydive
7:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A CATSHILL woman has described a charity skydive as an out of this world experience.
Gloria Harris, 70, completed the sponsored jump at Hinton Skydive Centre, in Hinton Airfield, in Brackley, on Friday, (September 13).
Gloria entered a competition to do the skydive, which was organised by Sergeant Mark Gooding.
Sgt Gooding had almost given up on life after being worn down by three rounds of chemotherapy.
But thanks to a £114,000 bone marrow transplant, paid for by the Anthony Nolan Trust, he returned to work at RAF Brize Norton earlier this year.
The airman has pledged to raise the same amount of money spent on his treatment so has organised various fund-raisers, including the skydive.
Sgt Gooding said when he told Mrs Harris she had won he asked her whether she would be passing it on to someone, only to be told adamantly that she would be doing it.
She decided to make it a sponsored skydive to raise money for the Libby Mae’s Little Angels charity.
The Bromsgrove charity was set up in memory of Libby Mae Sharratt, who was just two weeks old when she died in hospital.
Mrs Harris said she chose to support the charity as she knows Libby’s dad, Richard.
Mrs Harris said: “I wanted to go for it, especially to raise money for the charity.
“The skydive was fantastic.
“It was only four or five minutes long - but it was out of this world.”
She said money was still being collected but more than £600 had been raised.
“She showed no signs of nervousness,” Sgt Gooding said.
“When her time came she strode out to the aircraft, and didn't look back once.
“She was absolutely elated after the jump.”
To make a donation to Libby Mae’s Little Angels visit libbymaeslittleangels.com.
To support Sgt Gooding’s fund-raising challenge see justgiving.com/Mark-Gooding237.
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