SKYDIVING mum Kelly Hoyle raised more than £1,000 when she stepped out into the unknown.
Kelly (29) jumped out of a plane at 18,000ft to help women like her auntie Pamela, who was being cared for by the breast screening team at Burnley General Hospital.
Bride-to-be Pamela Hensby (43) had had surgery days earlier, but was determined to be at the airfield to cheer on her niece. Kelly, of Venice Avenue, Burnley, made the tandem jump at Cark Airfield, in Flookburgh.
She said: “It was such an emotional day for all of us. The jump was called off on the day I was supposed to do it because weather was dreadful.
“The next day was lovely, so they said the jump was on. There was no time for nerves. I rang Pamela and the family at home to tell them, and she said ‘give us half an hour and we’ll be with you’. It was so nice that everyone came. The jump was great. I’d recommend anybody to do it.”
Former Ivy Bank High School pupil Kelly, a domestic worker for the NHS at St Peter’s Centre, said she had been thrilled at the support for her sponsored skydive. Friends and colleagues rallied round, and more than £80 was donated by staff led by Anne Worrall at the breast screening unit.
“Everyone at the unit is lovely,” said Pamela, who has now been given the all-clear by doctors and will be monitored by the unit for the next five years.
Pamela, of Florence Avenue, Burnley, is the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters, and is a carer. She is due to begin a course of radiotherapy after returning from her honeymoon.
Said Pamela: “We wanted to make sure the money from Kelly’s jump stays in Burnley. The staff are brilliant, cannot be faulted, and I would really like to thank everyone single one of them for their support, particularly the doctor Miss J.L. McNicholas and Jayne McCraith the nurse counsellor. I also want to say thank you to staff at Pendleside Hospice, family and friends, my partner David, and, of course to Kelly.”
Final preparations are well under way for Pamela’s wedding. She marries her fiance David Hollins on July 9th at Hurstwood Church, where parishioners, keen to support Kelly’s skydive, donated £92 to the fund.