In short we are jumping out of a plane to raise money for a local charity – The Oxford Oesophageal and Stomach Cancer Organisation (bit of a mouthful…..ohhh the irony!)
Read on to find out why….
As most of you know, our Dad underwent a brutal, but life-saving esophagectomy in April of this year. The impact of this operation is life-changing for every patient. We were so fortunate to meet Jackie Beaumont, the founder of OOSO, in the days after the operation.
Having been through a similar surgery herself over 5 years ago she provides fantastic inspiration and moral support to the patients and their families at this crucial time. Her positivity and determination were exactly what we needed and we know how much of a difference her presence makes. She was available 24/7 to answer questions and provide the kind of reassurance that can only come from someone who has experienced first-hand what you are going through. It really is hard to put into words how much hope she has given us!
We wanted to show our appreciation for all that she does and help raise funds for her fantastic charitable works!
And why a skydive?
At one of the events arranged by the charity we were inspired by Jacob Davis who lost both his grandfathers to this brutal disease. He kindly donated cakes for her auction, but felt he wanted to do more and decided to jump out of a plane to raise awareness and funds! Our Dad was moved to tears by this generous gesture and we are so happy he has allowed us to join him!
We are aiming to complete our ‘BikeSplashBike’ challenge later in 2014 to raise money for Cancer Research that will go towards studies finding a prevention and cure for this horrible disease. But we hope in doing this we can help support a true local hero, who is supporting those already living with the condition today – and a bit of adventure training never goes amiss!
To sponsor us visit our fundraising page by following this link: http://www.doitforcharity.com/GWeston
What ever you can give will be amazing – in the words of a hugely successful superstore – “every little helps”!