Daring Sheffield gran’s charity jump

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A grandmother from Sheffield has taken the plunge – to raise £1,790 for charity in memory of her father.

Julie Taylor jumped from an aeroplane 15,000ft above Lincolnshire to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Macmillan looked after her father Bret Taylor from when he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2011, until he passed away in 2013, aged 88.

The 53-year-old, from Woodseats, said: “During all this time, his Macmillan nurse was there to offer support to him and my mum.

“The care he received and the support we as a family got at such a difficult time was amazing.

“Dad would be proud of me. He knew I always wanted to do a skydive and I did it while wearing a locket with his ashes in.”

Julie set herself a target of £1,000 for the skydive, which she thought was ‘a little ambitious’ – but ended up raising much more thanks to the generosity of colleagues at the National Blood Service in Sheffield.

Julie said: “Many of our donors give blood because loved ones have suffered from cancer.

“When they saw my posters about my challenge, they gave generously as it was a cause close to their hearts.”

Adventurous Julie is already thinking about her next challenge, a wing walk on a plane next summer.

Julie said: “The feeling was amazing and we took in some amazing views – I’d like to do it again.”