Bosses hit great heights for Lancaster charity

CancerCare's chief executive Neil Townsend after his skydive!
CancerCare's chief executive Neil Townsend after his skydive!

A head for heights was needed at the weekend as a team took part in a parachute jump in aid of CancerCare.

The charity’s chief executive Neil Townsend was among the 10 people who joined the Drop the Boss jump of either 11,000ft or 15,000ft at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham on Sunday.

At least £3,500 has already been raised for CancerCare from the event.

Neil said: “It was an amazing experience and when I finally landed without incident I could not quite believe I had done this, along with all the other amazing team who jumped for CancerCare.

“It was a morning I will always remember.”

Also taking part were local business people Andrew Sanderson, Katie Duffy, Scott McKenzie, Ann Kirkby, Steph Spencer, Sarah Abbott, Sandra Cottam-Shea, Robin Adams and James Long.

It is now hoped the jump will become an annual event known as Jump for CancerCare. More information about this will be available in the coming months.

Lancaster MP Cat Smith will be at a coffee morning on October 28 at Slynedales, where she will be told about the Guardian’s CancerCare Counts campaign and the charity’s ambitions for extending provision for young people. Ms Smith has also agreed to be guest judge for the CancerCare Bake Off competition on the same day, and will be on hand to chat to all visitors to the event.

Meanwhile, CancerCare chairman Robert Webb has reached his target of £25,000 in donations through his recent charity abseil off the Ashton Memorial.

This was announced on the day that he retired from the CancerCare Board of Trustees after 25 years of service. He has now been appointed as vice-president of the charity.