CHARITY: Sky-diving pals help Pendleside Hospice

Ashleigh Bayliff and Lianna Akbar with their cheque for �1,902. (s)
Ashleigh Bayliff and Lianna Akbar with their cheque for �1,902. (s)

TWO fearless friends have thrown themselves from a plane to raise money for charity.

Ashleigh Bayliff (25), of Paulhan Street and Lianna Akbar (26), of Blacker Street, both in Burnley, have raised £1,902 in aid of Pendleside Hospice after completing a 13,000ft skydive over Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.

Lianna said: “I did this skydive in memory of my grandad Brian Pickford who we lost to cancer, but it was really for everyone who’s been touched by cancer and for those who may be affected by it in the future. Doing the skydive was a personal challenge for me as I don’t like flying and I’m terrible with heights. The worst part was going up in the plane. Thank you to all our family and friends for helping us raise this much money.”

Ashleigh said: “I did it in memory of my grandma Angela Wilson who died of oesophageal cancer in March. I wanted to do something for the hospice as all the staff at Pendleside were great with my gran and family.

“The whole day was fantastic and I was surrounded by my family and friends, the skydive was a success and I safely made it to earth again. I Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me, especially Althams Travel in Burnley for funding my skydive and manager Eddie Starkie sponsoring us a further £100. Thanks to everyone for their support during this event from me, my family and my precious and much missed gran.”

Samantha Bracewell, Pendleside Hospice fund-raiser said: “Well done to Ashleigh and Lianna for raising such a huge amount for Pendleside Hospice, the money will go directly towards the £2.5m. which has to be raised locally to enable us to provide care to people with life limiting illnesses.”

People can still donate to Pendleside Hospice on Ashleigh and Lianna’s Just Giving pages by visiting www.justgiving.com/ashleigh-bayliff and www.justgiving.com/Lianna-Akba.