Charity skydive helps raise £2k for appeal

Lisa Horrocks.
Lisa Horrocks.

A Lancaster lady completed a charity sky dive in memory of her friend’s mum to raise money for the Save Our Hospice campaign.

Lisa Horrocks said she was “overwhelmed” by the response to her fundraising efforts as her total reached £2,030.36.

The 30-year-old, who works at Premierline on Caton Road, faced her fears at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham in aid of Laura Howson’s mum Gael, who sadly died at St John’s Hospice in November - shortly before Lisa was due to jump.

But having vowed to do the challenge when Gael was alive her passing made Lisa even more determined to complete the challenge with Laura so complimentary about the care the Slyne Road charity had given her mum.

Lisa said: “They found out the cancer was terminal in October and then she sadly died in November and that made me even more determined to raise as much money as possible.

“I thought if I can’t do something for Gael I’ll do something for the people helping her.

“My aim was to raise £500 and then when it got to £2,000 I was like ‘oh my god’!

“I was overwhelmed.”

The weather on the day, December 8, meant that the jump was in doubt but it went ahead and was eventful to say the least.

Lisa said: “The weather was quite bad but I got one of the first slots on the day and my jump was the last they did.

“The wind was so strong we ended up three fields away from the landing site and had to jump over a stream and a barbed wire fence.

“It was all good fun.

“It made it feel like more of a challenge.

“But it’s not something I’d do normally and not something I’d do again!”