23rd Apr, 2017

Skydive in aid of Warwick Hospital's Aylesford Unit

Leamington Editorial 21st Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE SKY was the limit for a teenager raising money in aid of her cousin.

Sheena Macleod received treatment in the Aylesford Cancer Unit at Warwick Hospital earlier this year.

So to say thank you for the support and care she received, her 16-year-old cousin Jess Craddock decided to complete a tandem skydive.

Jess was taken up to 13,500 feet in a small plane and jumped strapped to an instructor.

The pair enjoyed a 45 second free-fall – reaching speeds of more than 120mph – before the instructor opened the main parachute when they were 5,000 feet from ground.

Jess was then in charge of steering the parachute down to the landing area where the twosome finally hit terra firma.

In total, Jess raised more than £625 through sponsorship and hosting a cake sale.

She said: “I am really grateful for the support and generous sponsorship I received. My original target was just £200 so to beat that was brilliant!

“Social media really helped me spread the word about what I was doing and so many people who know Sheena were really supportive. Surprisingly on the day I didn’t feel nervous or scared!”

Sheena added: “To me the Aylesford Unit is excellent, with dedicated staff helping us with our fears and getting me through chemotherapy – we are so lucky to have it.”

The Aylesford Uit at Warwick Hospital will be working alongside the new cancer facility, the Rigby Unit, which is set to open at Stratford Hospital early next year.